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Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI Regional News

June 15, 2019

Kingston, Ontario – Every year, more than eight million metric tons of plastic are found in the world’s oceans, and by 2050 it is expected that plastic will weigh heavier than fish in our oceans. Lost and abandoned fishing gear, also known as ghost fishing, is a major contributor to marine debris. As one of the deadliest forms of plastic debris, ghost gears have very negative effects on marine animals such as whales and turtles, the coastal and marine environment, and global fish stocks.

The Government of Canada is committed to working with our global partners, industry and communities to find concrete solutions to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans. That’s why Fisheries and Oceans Canada has challenged Canada’s small businesses to find innovative ways to prevent plastic waste from entering our aquatic environment, to help clean up our oceans and streams, and minimize the impact of marine debris and ghost gears. Through our two plastic challenges, as part of Innovative Solutions Canada, we have sought out innovative Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs to develop new technologies.

Mark Gerretsen, MP for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced funding for a local company, Kingston – Plantee Bioplastics – to develop a proof of concept for an innovative biodegradable fishing line.

The $ 138,000 grant will help Plantee Bioplastics Inc. continue to develop its biodegradable fishing line with reduced decomposition time. The material will biodegrade under water, leaving little or no waste and will have a longer shelf life due to its hydrophobic properties.

Today’s announcement builds on the Government of Canada’s recent announcement to ban hazardous single-use plastics by 2021 and to hold companies accountable for their plastic waste.


“Canada’s oceans, waterways and inland lakes are a vital economic and recreational resource for Canadians, and important habitats for many marine animals. Ghost gears pose a threat to the protection of these marine environments. The biodegradable Plantee Bioplastics fishing line will reduce the risk to marine animals while allowing Canadians to continue to practice sport and commercial fishing. “

Mark Gerretsen, MP for Kingston and the Islands

“Lines and fishing nets made from fossil fuel plastics are harmful to marine life because they do not break down in aquatic environments. Recycling and disposal of used fishing gear is also a challenge in Canada and puts a strain on our recycling facilities. Through the use of bioplastics, Plantee Bioplastics is developing ready-made solutions to solve these problems that can be applied at the manufacturing stage. The grant from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will allow Plantee Bioplastics to reduce or eliminate the problem of ghost fishing gear and the pollution of aquatic environments by plastic through our biodegradable fishing line. “

Richard Chen, Praphulla, and Prashant Agarwal – Co-founders of Plantee Bioplastics Inc.

Quick facts

Globally, an estimated 8 million metric tonnes of plastic waste is entering the oceans each year. This amounts to dumping the contents of a garbage truck filled with plastic into the ocean every minute.

Each year, 640,000 tonnes of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear (known as ghost gears) enter our oceans. Ghost machines can persist in the environment for up to 600 years.

According to World Animal Protection, 92% of encounters between marine animals and debris can cause life-threatening problems, including ingestion and entanglement.

As part of the Government of Canada’s Green Government Strategy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard became the first federal department to reduce the purchase and use of single-use plastics by implementing the Policy. to restrict the purchase and use of single-use plastics.

As part of its G7 presidency last year, Canada played a leading role in the development of an Ocean Plastics Charter, an international initiative to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans.

The Government of Canada recently announced that it is working with industry to prevent and recover ghost fishing gear and is investing in new Canadian technologies to reduce plastic waste and turn it into valuable resources to support a circular economy.

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