A leading Aberdeenshire Councillor has asked for the North East Scotland’s Fisheries forum, NESFDP, to examine the growing problem of marine polution from plastics and it’s implications not only for the environment but it’s impact on the Scottish seafood industry that sustains many communities in NE Scotland.
“Currently there is an estimate that there is one tonne of plastic to every 5 tonnes of fish in the sea. This is rising to a projected one tonne of plastic to just one tonne of fish by 2050.” said the Democratic Independent Councillor.
“The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recognise we need to deal with this as part of creating a circular economy. The purity, quality and the sustainability of our seafood needs to be a driving reason for reducing plastic polution.”
Councillor Johnston called for a report on the problem to identify it’s current state and what might raise awareness for the future.
“Our fishing communities are part of our sustainable future and we should support and protect them. The growing concerns about micro plastic in the marine system needs to be examined and dealt with.”