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'Green' fishery gear key to ocean plastic problems

Japan's Kuraray developing materials to make equipment biodegradable

TOKYO -- As the proliferation of ocean plastic has become a global concern, nets and other fishing equipment are increasingly seen as a major culprit.

In Japan, fishing gear made up about 40% of marine waste that washed ashore in 10 coastal areas in fiscal 2017, according to an Environment Ministry survey. The figure far exceeds that for plastic bottles, which represented just 8%.

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