Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Ceisteanna (126)

John Brady


126. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of fishermen that have signed up to the clean oceans initiative; the amount of waste that has been recovered; the costs to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41292/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

In January of this year, I launched the Clean Oceans Initiative to address the serious issue of marine plastic pollution. I have tasked Bord lascaigh Mhara (BIM) with leading implementation of the initiative. I understand that 199 Vessels have signed up to the Clean Ocean Initiative at 12 of Ireland's busiest ports with a total of 968 crew members now participating. BIM has reported that, for the first nine months of this year, over 365 tonnes of marine litter has been collected and 9 tonnes of used fishing nets collected for recycling by BIM’s mobile shredder, the ‘Green Machine’.

BIM estimates the cost of funding the Clean Oceans Initiative at €210,000 and has submitted an application for funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund to my Department.