Bycatch: the unwanted fish and other marine creatures trapped by commercial fishing nets whilst fishing for ‘target’ species such as shrimp.

Fact: Globally more than 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed per year after being caught in fishing gear. As many as 200,000 loggerhead sea turtles and 50,000 leatherback sea turtles are ‘accidentally’ caught annually.

Visit our  Marine Pinterest for action inspiration

Balloon & Lantern Releases
We know that balloon releases have been a traditional way to celebrate special achievements or events, but our attitudes towards them need to change. ‘Biodegradable’ balloon or lantern releases in schools are not part of our ethos and will be challenged. Please use our Plastic Alternatives Guide for other ideas to replace balloon and lantern releases, glitter and single use plastics in schools.

David Luke: 16 Under 16

David Luke our Marine topic sponsors, have found the UK’s most influential ’16 under 16 champions for change’  in the fight against plastic waste and other sustainability issues.

Eco-Schools and David Luke have collaborated to produce these free guides for schools, that show how you can deliver inspirational ideas from the ‘Sixteen’ in your school. We have even linked each of their actions to our international Seven Steps to help you on your Journey to Green Flag.

Amy and Ella’s Kids Against Plastic. Can your school become Plastic Clever?

Drew’s Marine Clean. Help Drew in his mission to clean up marine environments.

Elizabeth’s Plastic Straw Campaign. Get rid of plastic straws using positivity with Elizabeth’s campaign.

Ella’s Plogging Pick-Up. Combine two of our favourite activities (exercise and litter picking) to help Ella clean up our coasts.

Ellie-Mai’s Environmental Health Team. Follow Ellie-Mai’s lead in affecting change in your school.

Heather’s A Bag A Day Keeps the Litter Away. Use Heather’s plan to help you incorporate litter picking into everyday life.

Helen’s Conservation in Schools. It’s never too early to become a conservationist!

Jessica’s Bertie Bottle. Get in touch with businesses in your area to help them become more eco-aware.

Mia’s Food for Thought. Eliminate food waste and help others, win win.

Nadia’s  Team Trash Girl. Will you become a member?

Rachael’s Waxtastic No Plastic. Get crafty to raise money and cut waste.

Sam’s How to Start a Campaign. Discover how to run a successful campaign in your school.

Tara’s PIPs. Plastic is Pollution.

Tommy’s the Sea is Not a Dustbin. Serious ideas from a six year-old.

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