Kil­more Quay fish­er­men do­ing their bit to clean up the ocean

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

FISH­ER­MEN OP­ER­AT­ING out of Kil­more Quay have signed up to Bord Ias­caigh Mhara’s ‘Fish­ing for Lit­ter’ cam­paign, a new ini­tia­tive aimed at im­prov­ing waste man­age­ment.

The fleet con­sists of 15 large ves­sels and up to 30 in­shore ves­sels. The Fish­ing for Lit­ter pro­gramme sees boats is­sued with re­us­able waste bags. Dur­ing the course of their fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, any lit­ter or waste col­lected in the nets is placed in the bag.

Bord Ias­caigh Mhara (BIM) will also pro­vide an on­shore skip for the waste to be col­lected in be­fore be­ing taken away by a li­cenced waste con­trac­tor.

En­gage­ment with the har­bour mas­ter is a crit­i­cal part of the project. Ves­sels will in­form the har­bour that they have ma­rine lit­ter com­ing ashore at the end of their trip. Filled bags are re­turned to the quay­side and moved to se­cure skips ready for re­spon­si­ble dis­posal.

Kil­more Quay will be the eleventh port around Ire­land op­er­at­ing the new cam­paign.

Har­bour Mas­ter, Cap­tain Phil Mur­phy said the project was in its ini­tial stages in Kil­more Quay with the re­cep­ta­cles hav­ing re­cently been in­stalled.

‘We’re happy to be in­volved and the fish­er­men are en­gag­ing with it very well. Peo­ple some­times are quick to say that waste at sea has to have been gen­er­ated at sea but a lot of the time that’s not the case at all, so much of it is gen­er­ated on land.’ As part of the ini­tia­tive, lit­ter brought in from the ocean will be sep­a­rated and put into the BIM re­cep­ta­cle and, through part­ner­ship with UCC it will be an­a­lysed with the hope be­ing to pro­file the type of ma­te­rial be­ing found and, if pos­si­ble, where it is orig­i­nat­ing from.’

The sec­ond part of the process is to iden­tify ma­te­ri­als that can be ei­ther reused or re­cy­cled.

Capt Mur­phy said: ‘Ocean lit­ter is a big buzz topic at the mo­ment and rightly so. Hope­fully we can get some proper sta­tis­tics from this ini­tia­tive that will open peo­ple’s eyes to the prob­lem.’

Capt Phil Mur­phy, Har­bour Mas­ter, Kil­more Quay.

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