Lerwick: Fishing for Litter

Lerwick Port Authority supports the ‘Fishing for Litter’ initiative developed by KIMO (Local Authorities International Environmental Organisation), a European-wide association of coastal local authorities whose goal is to eliminate pollution from the Northern Seas. 

KIMO International removes around 120 tonnes of marine litter, mainly plastics, from Scottish waters every year.

The Authority is one of the scheme’s registered ports, offering cost-free landing facilities for marine litter from local fishing vessels. Providing safe disposal routes for all waste is key to meeting the Port’s environmental objectives and involvement with this project demonstrates a strand of its community stakeholder engagement. Shetland Fishermen’s Association and the isles fishing community have been strong supporters of the project since its inception.