11 September 2020
Ullapool Harbour has been actively supported KIMO’s Fishing For Litter initiative in Scotland since it began in 2005 – both practically and financially. Participating vessels are given hardwearing bags to collect marine litter that is caught in their nets during normal fishing activities.
Filled bags are deposited on the quayside along with larger items such as nets, creels and wires. These are then moved to the harbour-sponsored skip for disposal. The project itself provides the bags and covers all disposal costs. In the first six months of 2017, two lorry loads (approximately 30 tonnes) of collected nets have been shipped to Denmark for recycling. Under the scheme the harbour doesn’t levy costs on our fishermen for any marine waste, spent engine oil or filters and endeavours to make marine rubbish disposal as easy as possible for vessels when they come alongside.
There are 19 harbours currently participating in the initiative: www.fishingforlitter.org.uk.