• Our quality manager, Ann, with one of the new mats

    Our quality manager, Ann, with one of the new mats

  • 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are discarded or lost to the oceans each year

    640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are discarded or lost to the oceans each year

Designed with the BigFish logo, the new dirt-trapper mats have been installed around the JCS Fish site in Grimsby, including in the factory shop. 

Fishing net waste is a big part of the ocean plastic problem and the United Nations estimates that every year around 640,000 tonnes of nets (known as ‘ghost gear’) are lost or discarded worldwide.  Apart from pollution, lost nets can also result in the accidental trapping, injury and death of marine animals such as seals, dolphins and turtles.

Quality manager at JCS Fish, Ann Rogers, says, “As a fish company we are particularly conscious of the ocean plastics issue so we were delighted to discover that we could choose a hygiene solution made from recycled fishing nets.  It’s a small step but part of our bigger programme to reduce plastic use and increase recyclability in everything we do at JCS Fish.”

JCS Fish continues to work on its plastic-reduction agenda, last year discarding plastic entirely for its BigFish fish cake range, which is now packaged in wholly recyclable cardboard.   The company expects to introduce further plastic reduction solutions on BigFish packaging during 2019.

Read more about the recycling of discarded fishing waste here

More information about ‘ghost gear’ can be found here.