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Fishing for Litter
(Coming Spring of 2017 to Warrenpoint Harbour)
Fishing is one of the most tried and tested industries people have ever invented. we have been fishing for thousands of years. The way fish are caught has been transformed many times, but the core ideas remain. We hope the industry will be here for thousands of years to come and that’s why NIFHA in conjunction with DAERA and KIMO have developed Fishing for Litter. Years ago, the conventional wisdom was that the oceans were so vast any pollution would be diluted into safe measures. We now know this is wrong. Smaller sea creatures feed on waste, which in turn makes its way up the food chain to us. That’s bad for us to eat, and also poses a problem for the fishing industry
In recent decades, the problem has exploded because of the extensive use of petrochemical products such as plastic and oil based [paints which don’t occur naturally. Nature has no way to deal with these, so they remain in the sea causing damage to the habitats and wildlife that live there
How it Works
The Net Result
For coastal towns like Warrenpoint, Kilkeel Ardglass and Portavogie cleaner seas can have a great impact on the quality of Life By removing waste from the water around us, sea life will be able to thrive. Our Beaches will be much nicer to use, because they’ll be cleaner and safer. For fishermen, there will be less damage to the nets and less catch lost to contamination.
About the Scheme
Fishing for Litter is a project funded by DAERA which is being extended across Northern Ireland Fishing ports. The Scheme, which Initially launched in Ardglass and extended to Kilkeel and Portavogie will now be introduced to Warrenpoint Harbour.