The plastic waste is a threat to all wildlife in the sea. It is found on the surface and right down to the deepest of the world's oceans. During the past year, plastic seeding of the ocean has gained significantly increased attention.
The Group`s activities is based on life in the sea and we depend on the sea being properly managed. It is therefore important to give priority to preventing plastic seepage from the seas.
The Group have several efforts regarding plastic. The latest is the project called 50/50-5. In this project the Group has set a goal to reduce the use of non- recyclable plastic by 50 %. You can read more about this in the next chapter.
Fishing for litter. Our sea waters and coast are increasingly littered with vast volumes of man-made waste. Pieces of plastic, rubber and other non-degradable materials may remain in the environment for hundreds of years, causing harm to animals and humans.
Lerøy Havfisk’s fleet is involved in the “Fishing for litter” project, a voluntary environmental project to clear up marine waste from the sea, led by the Norwegian Environment Agency. The aim is to send as much of this waste as possible for recycling, by facilitating sorting, registration and recycling of all waste collected.
Read more: Removing plastic and waste from our seas
Microplastics. Microplastics in the sea remain an area where we lack information about quantities and consequences. The Group participates in various R&D projects, which focus on establishing a recognised method for analysing microplastics in fish and also experiment to identify activities that affect the level of microplastics in the sea.