Dutch trawlers caught record amounts of trash last year
Dutch trawlers took 756 tonnes of litter out of the sea last year, breaking the 2020 record of 644 tonnes, according to coastal campaign group Kimo and the Fishing for Litter project.
The plastic and other waste was caught in their nets, but kept and brought ashore as part of the Clean Seas project.
In some cases, so much waste was brought on board that special boats had to be used to bring it ashore, the association said in its 2021 annual report.
One of the reasons for the increase is that more ships are taking part, organizer Mike Mannaart told NOS. In addition, the pulse fishing ban means more trawlers are now using traditional nets, which capture more litter, he said.
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