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Clean Nordic Oceans Main Report – A Network to Reduce Marine Litter and Ghost Fishing

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Clean Nordic Oceans was established as a network to exchange knowledge and experience of methods and measures that can reduce the risk of ghost fishing and marine litter, and increase proper disposal and recycling of commercial and recreational fishing gear. All Nordic countries have participated in the network. Through a dedicated website (www.cnogear.org), workshops, seminars, conferences, films and social media, this project has helped to establish contacts both inside and outside the Nordic region, which can help reduce the challenges of marine litter from fishing activities. Among the numerous important findings that have been made over the course of the project, the report points out that fishermen in all the Nordic countries lack sufficient awareness of how they can and should contribute to a cleaner ocean. The report proposes a number of possible measures. Some of the measures may be suitable for all countries, but in general, there is no “one size fits all” solution.

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Foreword

Clean Nordic Oceans is as a project and knowledge network that was established in early 2017. The loss of fishing gear from both Nordic fisheries and recreational fishing is an unfortunate drawback of activity at sea, which can have very unfortunate consequences. Thus, the purpose of the project was to establish a Nordic network for exchanging knowledge and experience about methods to reduce the harmful effects of ghost fishing and marine litter, and promoting increased recycling of fishing gear from both commercial and recreational fishing.

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