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An organization that recovers used fishing gear calls for more funds

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Lobster traps in January 2022 in Riverport, Nova Scotia, in Lunenburg County.

The Canadian Press

A non-profit environmental organization which has set up 25 collection sites across Atlantic Canada to recycle tons of used fishing gear says it risks closing its doors without more government funding.

The Atlantic Canadian Fishing Gear Coalition says its four-year funding agreement with the federal Department of Fisheries expires March 31 and there is no indication it will be renewed.

Co-Executive Director Marquita Davis says the coalition received a total of $550,000 through the department's Ghost Gear Fund over the past year. #x27;budget year which is coming to an end.

Marquita Davis says the gear collection program helps reduce pressure on local landfills, while finding new uses for old trash bins lobsters, crab traps, nets and fishing ropes.

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A report produced by the coalition in 2021 estimates that Nova Scotia's lobster industry alone purchased, replaced or constructed approximately 244,400 lobster traps and 17,890 kilometers of fishing rope each year.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The coalition says it has collected and recycled more than 3,400 tonnes of fishing gear since 2021.

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