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An evaluation of the Fishing For Litter (FFL) scheme in the UK in terms of attitudes, behavior, barriers and opportunities

Wyles, Kayleigh J., Pahl, Sabine, Carroll, Lauren and Thompson, Richard C. (2019) An evaluation of the Fishing For Litter (FFL) scheme in the UK in terms of attitudes, behavior, barriers and opportunities Marine Pollution Bulletin, 144. pp. 48-60.

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Abstract

Marine litter is a global, persistent, and increasing threat to the oceans, and numerous initiatives aim to address this challenge. Fishing For Litter (FFL) is a voluntary clean-up scheme, where litter is collected as part of routine fishing operations. We surveyed fishers (n=97) and stakeholders (n=22) in the UK to investigate perceptions of FFL, its strengths and weaknesses, and potential co-benefits of the scheme. Fishers reported being aware of and concerned about the negative impacts of litter. Overall, FFL was evaluated very positively (7.85/10). In addition, FFL fishers reported less environmentally harmful waste management behaviors both out at sea and in other contexts than did non-FFL fishers. Fishers and stakeholders listed strengths and weaknesses of the scheme and made suggestions for future changes. As well as directly helping to remove litter, this paper demonstrates that clean-up schemes can make a contribution to addressing the underlying causes of marine pollution.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Wyles, Kayleigh J.k.wyles@surrey.ac.uk
Pahl, Sabine
Carroll, Lauren
Thompson, Richard C.
Date : July 2019
Funders : Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, European Union's Seventh Framework Program (MARLISCO)
DOI : 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.04.035
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Passive fishing for litter; Fishing industry; Behavior change; Spillover; Motivations; Debris
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 28 Aug 2019 08:59
Last Modified : 17 Oct 2019 14:20
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852484

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