Solway Firth Partnership is currently running the Solway Marine Litter Project. This has the ambition to have over 200 miles of cleaner coastline in Dumfries and Galloway. The hope is to find innovative solutions to the problem of plastic marine litter by encouraging positive action. They will collaborate with communities and local fishermen taking a closer look at the problem. Then trialing solutions to tackle the ‘hot spots’ along the Wigtownshire Machars coast.
The project will focus on the coast of the Machars. It will explore sustainable actions applicable to rural locations, create resources and present intelligent solutions. It will use information from current research and case studies from national examples. In conclusion, the Project will seek to clarify issues and test achievable options that consider many factors.
The Scottish Government, through the Marine Fund Scotland are funding the Solway Marine Litter Project.
Find out more about the project in this short presentation:
We launched the project in the tea rooms at the Isle of Whithorn in September 2021 with a talk by the Marine Conservation Society. After that, on the first project beach clean the volunteers filled a skip and a second skip needed to be ordered. Look out for further reports from our beach cleans on our social media and on this page.
Additionally, you can find out more about how you can get involved here