Bahrain considering banning plastic fishing nets to tackle pollution

The project would see fishermen returning to older fibrous plant materials previously used

Bahrain considering banning plastic fishing nets to tackle pollution

Bahrain is considering banning synthetic fishing nets and replacing them with fibrous plant materials in a bid to tackle plastic pollution.

According to Ocean Cleanup, around 46 percent of the plastic in the Great Pacific garbage patch is made up of discarded fishing nets, and this could be the same across the globe.

These nets are eaten by fish who misidentify them as food, or they trap turtles, dolphins and other sea creatures and kill them.

Now the Bahrain Volunteer Dive Team (BVDT) is leading the way on the proposal and wants fishermen to return to older methods used before the introduction of plastic, reports Gulf Daily News.

To ensure the change is enacted, the group have called for CCTV cameras to be installed in all ports so anyone using plastic nets can be caught.

It is not known when the ban will be implemented, but the project has been put up for tender.

The news comes as BVDT takes part in the national campaign Our Seas Clean which has seen piers across the Kingdom cleaned, and recycling bins installed at Ras Raya Port.

Last weekend more than 1,700 volunteers turne dout to pick up plastic from Bahrain's beaches. You can see all the pictures here.

We're proud of all the efforts to make Bahrain a more environmentally friendly place.

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