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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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Method and operation

Clean Nordic Oceans was established as a Nordic network for exchanging knowledge and experience about methods for reducing the harmful effects of ghost fishing and marine litter, and for promoting increased recycling of fishing gear from both commercial and recreational fishing This chapter describes the method for achieving the project’s intentions. There is also a description of how this was resolved by means of ongoing operations. The phases can mainly be divided into the following parts.

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