We promote education on the recycling of fishing gear and make sure that our own waste fishing gear is cleaned, sorted and sent for recycling
The predecessor of Fisheries Iceland, the Federation of Icelandic Fishing Vessel Owners (LÍÚ), reached an agreement with the Recycling Fund (Úrvinnslusjóður) in August 2005 regarding the processing of fishing gear waste made of synthetic materials. Fishing gear made of synthetic materials was, therefore, exempted from recycling fees which were to be imposed on 1 September 2005. The agreement entered into force on 1 January 2006. The agreement obligated the Federation to operate or reach an agreement with a third party to operate a certified collection station for recyclable fishing gear waste made of synthetic materials and ensure that such waste was recycled.
The goal of the agreement is to ensure that the fisheries sector bears the responsibility of processing fishing gear made of synthetic materials, to seek to minimise its impact on the environment and to seek minimise the cost involved in disposing of fishing gear waste.
Fishing gear waste is at present transported from Iceland for recycling in Lithuania and Denmark. Good results have been achieved with this arrangement.
All Icelandic legal entities may, on fulfilling the conditions listed below, submit fishing gear waste made of synthetic materials from Icelandic fishing vessel operators to the collection station.
The following entities offer means of disposing of waste fishing gear to recycling plants.
Terms for the reception of recyclable fishing gear made of synthetic materials according to Fisheries Icleland and Skipaþjónusta Íslands ehf. on the operation of collection stations for recyclable fishing gear waste: