Pollution in the sea from plastic ropesIn the sound below our house a very high tide a month or two back pushed the accumulated dead seaweed further up the shore. This revealed hundreds of thin strands of plastic, derived from multi-filament plastic ropes which had disaggregated.The source of the washed up rope fragments would have been varied: fish farms, mussel farms, fishing boats, creel ropes, yachtsmen’s ropes … Every high tide washes up more fragments.In my view, no marine activity, including creel fishing, can be truly sustainable until the use of non-biodegradable ropes has come to an end. But I cannot see this happening anytime soon. Is there any business currently researching and developing such ropes?In the pictures below, many of the white strands visible are plastic rope, not plant material. The lower picture shows roles of new polypropylene rope and new fishing nets outside a fisherman’s shed: one of the sources of the problem. Lobster pots are just as bad.
My latest essay A Landscape Lost was published in May 2020 in the Geopoetics Journal ‘Stravaig 8, Part 2’This summarises my views on how we are treating (losing) the Highland landscapeClick here to view