A new trial project aims to provide fishermen with an alternative source of income by paying them to catch plastic instead of fish, according to the Guardian. Fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki will present the project later this month, the Guardian wrote. Fishermen will use their nets to round up the plastic garbage that is threatening marine life.
There is a large overcapacity in the European fishing fleet, creating pressure on overfished stocks. One of the concerns in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is how to reduce the number of boats, and projects like this one seeks to provide fishermen with alternative income sources.
Read the full story: EU unveils plans to pay fishermen to catch plastic (The Guardian)