Cultivating Plastic Part 5: Preventing plastic pollution in the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain

Plastics are ubiquitous in wild-capture fisheries and aquaculture, polluting land and sea, causing navigational hazards, blighting the coastal landscape and impacting communities and tourism when it washes ashore while often continuing to entangle and kill marine species as well as contaminating seafood for human consumption.

The UK grocery retail sector has an important role in combatting this plastic pollution and EIA has found that UK supermarkets have increasingly undertaken a variety of measures in their sourcing policies – but there is still much more they can and should do to eliminate plastic pollution and mismanagement of gear from seafood and aquaculture supply chains.