Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has signed up to the World Animal Protection’s Sea Change campaign, which aims to end the devastating impact of abandoned fishing equipment and fishing litter on marine mammals and wildlife.
“Most fishing gear is made out of plastic meaning that it persists in the oceans for centuries. It is estimated that more than 136,000 seals, sea lions and large whales are killed by old fishing gear every year and many thousands more birds, turtles, fish and other species are also injured and killed. In the UK, seals, minke whales, seabirds and dolphins are at particular risk.
“World Animal Protection is asking beach users, coastal walkers, divers and ocean lovers to send them evidence of any abandoned fishing gear that is littering their local coastline which will then be used when meeting with Government and seafood companies to discuss the devastating impact of this problem on the environment.
“I shall certainly be keeping a close watch at any coastal sites I visit and hope others will too, further information can be found at: www.worldanimalprotection.org/seachange “