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New funds take marine litter campaign into classroom

The Scottish Government has launched Scotland’s first marine litter strategy.

As part of the work to support education projects that enhance value and sustainable management, the Scottish Government have committed £45,000 to KIMO UK’s Fishing for Litter campaign to develop teaching resources and an education programme for primary schools across Scotland. This adds to the £90,000 that has already been granted to the project since 2008/09.

Fishing for Litter works with 210 fishing vessels and 14 harbours to encourage boats to bring ashore litter caught in their nets as they work in the waters around Scotland. KIMO now hopes to increase the number of boats and harbours involved. More than 750 tonnes of litter have been collected since 2005, and almost 50 per cent of that is plastic and polystyrene.

Asset Manager Paul Bancks said: “This funding from The Crown Estate will provide Fishing for Litter materials to schools to help raise awareness about litter prevention, an issue that is critical to the long-term health of Scottish seas. The campaign is also considering how to work with local education authorities to include the topic more formally in the curriculum and develop a full resource pack.

“Fishing for Litter will also be working closely with the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation to ensure that industry training colleges highlight the issue along with waste management best practice.”

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