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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 11:44 AM
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EU to Pay Fishermen to Collect Ocean Litter
The European Union is taking an innovative approach to dealing with the growing problem of plastic litter in the ocean paying fishermen to collect the trash.

Starting this month in the Mediterranean, fishing fleets will collect the plastic waste, using EU-provided nets and equipment, and then take it to processors for recycling. The EU plans to pay for the initial costs of the pilot program, but hopes the revenue from the sale of the collected plastics will eventually make the program self-sustaining.

Fish and other marine life can become injured or die when they ingest plastic. Marine litter also threatens the fishing industry by depleting fish stocks, damaging fishing gear and contaminating the catch.

Preserving the Mediterranean Sea is not only a matter of environmental sustainability. It is also a matter of considerable economic and social implications, wrote EU fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, in a blog entry about plastic marine litter.

The EUs pilot program will provide a much-needed second source of income for fishermen who have been losing profits due to diminishing fish stocks.
http://earth911.com/news/2011/05/11/eu-to-pay-fishermen...
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 11:48 AM
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1. What a wonferful way to create jobs!
Thanks for posting this.
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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 12:38 PM
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4. it would never be aloud here
the right would correlated it to stalism.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 12:38 PM
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5. There are many great ways for a government to create jobs and do good
at the same time--as FDR's public works program proved a long time ago.

But that works only if the government is actually interested in either creating jobs or doing good.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 02:06 PM
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6. Fishing for trash saves fish
Fish eat what's in the water, and they end up eating plastic.. :(

This is a great idea..
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 12:23 PM
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2. Fantastic! We should do the same. n/t
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Ruricolous1 Donating Member (10 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 12:31 PM
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3. finally some good news
I don't know whether to take the "Scientists Cure Cancer" headlines seriously.
Starting to clean up the oceans is great!
The US needs to divert some of our tax dollars from endless war to cleaning up our mess.
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