Plastic Waste Free Island Initiative: Fisheries Case Studies

Client: Asia Pacific Waste Consultants
Duration: December 2020 – February 2021
Ocean debris

This project examined sources of marine plastic waste generated from the fisheries sector in six case study islands – three in the Pacific (Vanuatu, Fiji and Samoa) and three in the Caribbean (Grenada, St Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda).  The project assessed the main types of marine plastic ‘leakage’ from the oceanic and coastal fisheries sectors including plastics used in the fishing operation (e.g. plastic bands from bait boxes in the longline fishery) as well as abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) (e.g. discarded longlines, Fish Aggregation Devices – FADs).  In addition to the main sources of pollution, the project examined waste management facilities in each of the case study countries and made high level recommendations on measures to reduce marine plastic pollution.