top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon

Fishermen paid to fish for plastic

Europe funds experiment to clean Mediterrannean of tonnes of bags, food containers and nappies

FISHERMEN are turning to fishing for plastic in an experiment to see if they can help clean up the seas.

The European Union is funding research into ways to clean up the Mediterranean with fishermen using special surface nets to pick up the millions of plastic bags, food containers, nappies and other objects that are a danger to marine life.

Fishermen were heading out today from Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in the Côte d'Azur to test the scheme and will be paid to gather the plastic.

It is a way to compensate them for the loss of earnings from a ban on the practice of discarding dead fish that are uneconomical to land.

Fishermen had been used to throwing tons of undersized or bycatch fish back into the sea and will now have to land their whole catch, and be paid less for it.

European fishing commissioner Maria Damanaki said: "We need to tackle this problem of discards once and for all."

The Mediterranean is thought to have around 18,000 pieces of plastic per kilometre while the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a vortex of plastic rubbish in the middle of the north Pacific - is said to be about the size of France.

Studies have shown that 95% of fulmars (a sea bird) washed up dead are found to have their stomachs filled with plastic.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France