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European Commission announced its proposal for new legislation to
address marine litter, which will introduce new controls on derelict
fishing gear (nets, lines, pots, traps etc.). Fishing gear accounts
for about a third of marine litter found in European seas, or over
11,000 tonnes per year. Producers of plastic fishing gear will be
required to cover the costs of waste collection from port reception
facilities and its transport and treatment, as well as the costs of
awareness-raising measures. The regulation also limits the use of
single-use plastics, much of which also ends up in the marine environment.
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