Sustainable shellfish fishermenSustainable shellfish fishermen - George Stoyle

The North Sea Wildlife Trusts are working with local fishermen and authorities to encourage responsible fishing techniques which support a healthy marine environment

In working with local fishermen and local Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs), the North Sea Wildlife Trusts are helping the fishing industry to promote the need for a healthy marine environment in order to support healthy fisheries.

Holderness shellfish

The Wildlife Trusts are working with local shellfish fishermen to encourage responsible fishing techniques which support a healthy marine environment. The short film below highlights the efforts being made by one particular Withernsea based fishermen and his crew to ensure high quality products through low environmental impact.

The Wildlife Trusts are now working with the North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority to actively encourage more of the local shellfish industry to adopt these conversation measures which help to safeguard the ecosystem on which their livelihood depends.


Fishing for Litter

Marine litter is a problem which has escalated in recent years. The extensive use of petrochemical products such as plastics and oil-based paints which don’t occur naturally has contributed to some parts of the worlds oceans being literally choked with litter. As these products do not biodegrade they remain in the sea causing damage to the habitats and wildlife that lives there.

Thanks to funding from the European Fisheries Fund, we have begun a 'Fishing for Litter' scheme on the East Yorkshire coast. This projects seeks to engage both commercial and recreational fishermen in thinking about the responsible disposal of their gear and other litter through the establishment of conveniently placed, low-cost disposal points. Through strong advocacy, we also aim to reduce the amount of marine plastics and other waste disposed of in the North Sea.

For small coastal fishing towns such Bridlington, Hornsea, Withernsea and Flamborough, cleaner seas have a great impact on the quality of marine life. By removing waste from the sea and preventing the discard of further litter, beaches will be cleaner and safer, and the impact on marine wildlife through ingestion, entanglement and contamination will be reduced. For fishermen, it means that there will be less damage to gear, less time wasted clearing litter out of their nets and presents an opportunity for everyone to get involved and do something positive to safeguard the health of their local fishery.