Stewart welcomes Fishing for Litter funding

Fraserburgh's harbour.
Fraserburgh's harbour.

Former KIMO delegate Kevin Stewart has today welcomed the Scottish Government’s confirmation of funding for the Fishing for Litter project.

The project encourages fishing boats to bring ashore litter that they catch in their nets. It is an active environmental response to the increase of marine litters in the seas around the British Isles, Scandinavia and Western Europe. Along with recovering litter, the scheme also aims to raise awareness of the detrimental impact such waste can have on the marine environment.

The future of the project had been called into question when sponsorship stopped but Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, has confirmed that the Scottish Government “will continue to support the project, and encourage other funders to contribute, to enable the project to continue in future”.

Fishing for Litter is run by KIMO an association of coastal local authorities whose goal is to eliminate pollution from the Northern Seas.

Mr Stewart commented: “The Fishing for Litter project has been a great initiative for helping the marine environment.

“I am sure this support from the Scottish Government will be welcomed by all those involved in the scheme.”