November 17, 2016
Irish fishermen do their share for sustainable industry
The Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), or Irish Sea Fisheries Board, recently launched the BIM Fishing for Litter programme, which enables fishermen to collect marine litter in heavy-duty Fishing for Litter bags that can be brought ashore for appropriate disposal and recycling.
This kind of initiative was originally developed by KIMO (Local Authorities International Environmental Organisation) and now has 75 member authorities.
'Sustainability is a key driver and priority for BIM and our fishing industry. Participation in this initiative can gain recognition for member vessels and their crews as Fishing for Litter contributes to BIM's Certification and Sustainability programmes and Bord Bia's Origin Green sustainability charter," said BIM CEO Tara McCarthy.
Ms McCarthy cited Ros a Mhíl fishing port as having "already set a very high standard in driving environmental responsibility".
"I would like to congratulate and recognise the members of Galway and Aran Fishermen's Co-op and Harbour Master Captain Connolly for their achievements to date", she added.
The BIM Fishing for Litter programme has 34 vessels participating in Union Hall, Castletownbere, Ros a Mhíl and Clogherhead fishing ports with Killybegs port also coming on board.
Ros a Mhíl is the key fishing port on the West Coast, landing 3,637 tonnes of seafood, predominantly shellfish, worth €12 million to the Irish economy.
Members of the Galway and Aran Fishermen's Co-operative are already active in embracing environmental initiatives including BIM's Fishing Net Recycling programme where nets are dismantled into a number of components, enabling the material to enter a number of recycling streams, thus diverting such material from landfill. To date, the port has recycled around 11 tonnes of fishing nets.
The BIM Fishing for Litter programme is funded under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).