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Fishermen will be paid to catch plastic, rather than fish, under bold new plans from the EU's fisheries chief, aimed at providing fleets with an alternative source of income to reduce pressure on dwindling fish stocks.
Maria Damanaki, commissioner for fisheries, will unveil a trial project in the Mediterranean this month, which will see fishermen equipped with nets to round up the plastic detritus that is threatening marine life, and send it for recycling.
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Two-thirds of the fish caught in some areas is thrown back, usually dead, because fleets exceed their quota, unintentionally catch juveniles or species for which they lack a quota, or because they prioritise higher value fish and throw away lesser species. About 1 million tonnes are thrown back each year in the North Sea alone.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...-catch-plastic

There's some parts of the article that have me rolling my eyes, but in essence this is a wonderful idea.
 

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"Ending this practice of throwing away edible fish is in the interest of fishermen, and consumers," Damanaki told the Guardian in an interview. "It has to happen - we cannot have consumers afraid to eat fish because they hate this problem of discards."
This bit made me facepalm hard, but in general the idea sounds really good. I wish something like that were put into action everywhere!
 

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but in future the scheme could turn into a self-sustaining profitable enterprise, as fleets cash in on the increasing value of recycled plastics
heh, perhaps I'm being too skeptical, but this really seems like a stretch to me. And also somewhat depressing - are our oceans really so full of crap?
 

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It's a great initiative and I hope one that other countries soon follow. The EU is often so ahead of the US in certain areas that it makes me homesick for living in Holland.
 
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