GGGI Solution Project in Scotland, UK

GGGI Participants KIMO, World Animal Protection and recyclers have worked collaboratively together with ports and fishers to collect more than 50 tonnes of fishing nets.

A Pilot project funded by a grant from GGGI participant, World Animal Protection, has been under way since last summer and has collected more than 50 tonnes of nets from Peterhead, Ullapool, Scrabster and Macduff harbours, most of which have already been recycled in Denmark.

Christina Dixon, Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection,

“We are delighted that this net recycling pilot supported by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is now being put into practice. This is a great example of a circular economy solution to the problem of waste fishing nets and we fully support KIMO’s ambition to scale and replicate this model for the benefit of marine animals around Scotland.

Through the GGGI we are bringing together a broad range of stakeholders to share knowledge and experience of similar projects to address the problem of lost and discarded fishing gear on a global scale.”

KIMO UK’s National Coordinator, Graham Humphries, said

“We have been working very hard to make this project happen and the involvement of Nofir is very welcome. This load of nets will be used as a test to ensure that the route from Scotland’s fishing ports all the way to the production of plastic pellets that can be used in the manufacture of new products is secure and affordable. Macduff’s involvement is down to the Harbour Master, Duncan Mackie. He and his team collected and loaded the nets that are now on their way to becoming new plastic products.”

Nofir, based in Norway, are the second recycler to be involved with the project and will, if the test is successful, become an important partner. When the project is fully operational, it aims to recycle 200 tonnes of nets every year from Scottish ports and harbours.

For more information contact; Graham Humphries, Project Coordinator, Email: KIMOUK@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

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