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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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Summary

Marine litter is not a new challenge, but it has become increasingly visible in many parts of the world. Increased visibility has in turn led to increased focus at many different levels. What is frightening about this is that, although visibility has increased focus, there is broad consensus that the predominant proportion of marine litter is not visible but has sunk beneath the surface. Increased use of plastic products and materials with a long decomposition time is the main reason why accumulated plastic is becoming increasingly visible, together with a lack of adequate systems for handling recovered marine litter.

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