Denia fishermen net massive plastic haul on the Costa Blanca

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DENIA fishermen netted around 6,000 kilos of plastic from the sea last year.
The municipal fishing sector association is hoping to raise awareness about what is a region-wide problem; more than 69,000 kilos of plastic were fished out of the Mediterranean off the Valencia Community coast in 2018.
A video entitled ‘Plastic Fresquet’ (Fresh Plastic), which is part of a D*na-organised campaign, shows fisherman piling up all the plastic waste gathered from a day’s outing at the fish market after arriving at port to then be trundled along the conveyor belt used to show off the catch to be auctioned.
The scene then switches to the following day at Denia market where one of the fishmongers displays the plastic catch as if it were any other produce.
The idea is to highlight the work of the fishing sector association and make the public more aware about the need to protect the marine environment, and consequently the quality of the produce for consumers.
Thanks to the Fundacion Ecoalf and Ecoembes, the plastic collected will be used for the Upcyling the Oceans project, which will transform residues pulled out the sea into top quality thread to be used for making clothes.
The environment will be one of the issues under discussion at next week’s D*na Forum Gastronomico, an event aimed at provoking thought and debate about cuisine as representation of the region and sustainability.
The problem of the alarming amount of single-use plastic in the sea and on beaches will be a key round-table topic as part of talks on how to exploit the sea in a responsible way.
Speaker will include marine biologists, the president of the Denia fishing sector association and restaurateurs.

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Cathy Elelman

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