Itsas Belarra vessel has fished 4000 kilograms of floating marine litter during last week from Bidart to Saint Jean Luz.

Itsas Belarra french fishing vessel has fished 4000 kg of floating marine litter during 18-23 May 2018 from Bidart ot SJ Luz. It has been the first floating litter fishing of the year and 35 big pack full of litter have been deployed to harbour.

Itsas Belarra vessel in Saint Jean de Luz harbour.

This litter collection operation off the Basque coast is sponsored by Kosta Garbia. The action takes place every year between May 1st and the end of September.Fishermen of Itsas Belarra point  at offshore currents and easterly winds as posible reason behind this extreme litter ocurrence. As a curiosity, fishermen of Itsas Belara also told us that the abundance of shore fish Balistes polypepsis increases when this massive litter events ocurr.

Balistes polypepsis (fishbase.org).

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