Fishing For Plastic
Imagine the scene when somebody walked into the board of the Fisheries Department and said "what if we paid fisherman to catch our rubbish?" Can you imagine the raucous laughter that would have broken out around the boardroom. It may seem like an odd, curious question to pose but let me tell you... it's come to fruition. We are all aware that our ocean is full of plastic bottles, bags, nappies, old fishing nets, ropes, junk and thousands of bits and pieces of random stuff thats floating (sometimes for years). Millions and millions of tonnes of junk is afloat in our oceans. Announced recently in the Mediterranean is a trail project which will see fisherman, equipped with nets to round up all the debris thats floating in the ocean preparing it for re-cycling. The fisherman who catch the plastic will actually be subsidised initially by EU member states then the future of
the scheme could turn into a self sustaining profitable enterprise funded by businesses who recycle plastics. With fish being scarce in some parts of our oceans, this could be a great way for fisherman to keep themselves afloat. The Espresso applauds the unusual thinking that would take the exact opposite to what seems logical, disrupting the thinking to find a unique and potentially brilliant idea. Its a shame more governments, councils and institutional thinkers aren't using the same processes to disrupt their current method of thinking.