So We Didn’t Need To Ban Plastic Bags Then

Greenpeace finally tells us the truth about those single use plastic bags:

Lost and abandoned fishing gear which is deadly to marine life makes up the majority of large plastic pollution in the oceans, according to a report by Greenpeace.

More than 640,000 tonnes of nets, lines, pots and traps used in commercial fishing are dumped and discarded in the sea every year, the same weight as 55,000 double-decker buses.

This is entirely true, as we’ve reported more than once:

As Science Shows, It’s Fishing Gear, Not Plastic Bags, Causing Problems In The Oceans

And:

The second is the more fatuous answer.

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Lies, Lies, Yet More Lies About Plastics In The Ocean

We’re told that we must all stop using single use plastics because they all end up in the ocean choking the whales. This is not true but it’s said enough anyway. For the plastics that end up in the ocean don’t come from us. They come from Asia and Africa. So, we might think that this is an advance with The Guardian telling us that truth:

Following the Ganges upstream from where it empties in the Bay of Bengal to its source in the Himalayas, the National Geographic-backed expedition aims to better understand how plastic pollution travels from source to sea and provide solutions for reducing the amount that ends up in the world’s oceans.

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Fish Spawn Laws – Using Chesterton’s Fence Correctly

The newspapers are full, on any given day, of people insisting that radical changes must be made to society, that the laws of the old be tore down in order to allow the growth of the new. This is not quite how it should be done. That correct manner is to do as has been done here over the law banning fishing during the spawning season:

A 140-year-old law that prevents river fishing for three months a year could be scrapped following a Government review.

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