Coming to a waterway near you?

Oh buoy! We’ve built a third Plastic Fishing punt made from plastic collected from the river Thames. This punt will be going on tour, visiting four iconic waterways around the UK. In each location community groups will offer a week of Plastic Fishing trips, raising awareness of plastic pollution and clear up local waterways. At the end of the tour, one of these locations will win the Plastic Fishing punt enabling them to continue Plastic Fishing long after the tour.  

About Plastic Fishing

Tide of seeing litter in local waterways? Blue Planet II leave you feeling a bit, well...blue? Awareness of ocean plastic pollution is rising, but the issue can often start much closer to home with 80% of plastic in the ocean coming from land. In London alone, 300 tonnes of rubbish is cleared from the Thames every year. 

In 2017, Hubbub and Canary Wharf College launched Plastic Fishing to raise awareness of litter, educate people about how it gets from land to the sea, and to most importantly, help them take action. Plastic Fishing was inspired by pupils, teachers and parents at Canary Wharf College who had heard about the approach from Amsterdam. We worked with the College to turn their idea into reality. In 12 months the first boat, Poly-Mer, has taken over 1,000 people Plastic Fishing around London’s Docklands collecting over 1,250 plastic bottles and generating nearly £10,000 in donations for the College.

However, the problem isn’t just in London. Littered plastic can be found in rivers and canals across the UK, and thanks to support from Starbucks and the Daily Mirror, we're launching and giving away a new Plastic Fishing boat.

Follow the tour

In December, we launched a Plastic Fishing tour competition inviting towns, cities and community groups to apply to receive the Plastic Fishing punt. After some very difficult decision making, the four locations that will receive the punt for a week’s worth of Plastic Fishing trips are…. 

Manchester 

26th April – 2nd May

Manchester’s local rivers have been transformed since the early 1980s. The reduction in industrial pollution and the improvements made in waste water treatment facilities has meant that fish, invertebrates and other wildlife have returned in abundance. However, these ecosystems are now facing a different threat: plastic pollution. A recent University of Manchester report highlighted that the rivers of Greater Manchester and the Mersey have the highest level of microplastics of any river system in the world. We’ll be working with the Mersey Rivers Trust to bring Plastic Fishing to the Salford Quays area. 

Central Scotland 

6th May – 10th May 

The waterways spanning across central Scotland pass through its historic industrial heartland and vibrant green corridors. These waterways are proudly home to a wide array of wildlife with a thriving population of fish to catch along them. We’re teaming up with Keep Scotland Beautiful to invite communities across central Scotland to fish out pesky plastic over a 5-day voyage.  

Bristol 

20th May – 29th May 

Bristol’s floating harbour lies in the city centre and covers an area of 70 acres. The history of the harbour as a trading port goes back to 1051, and it is now home to many iconic attractions including The Matthew and SS Great Britain. Monthly clean-ups already take place around the harbour, which often net a plethora of plastics from the water. We’re teaming up with the Bristol Harbour AuthorityBristol Sea CadetsSustainable Hive, and Bristol Waste to embark on a nine-day naval battle against littered plastics.  

Birmingham 

3rd June – 10th June 

Birmingham is famous for the canal network running through the heart of the city (proudly boasting more canals than Venice, dispiacie). A number of restoration projects and effort from the local community has seen a recent increase in people using the canal network recreationally and commercially. These waterways also serve as key wildlife corridors for a variety of fish, birds, and mammals – including otters and water voles! Which is why we’ve teamed up with the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country to help tackle plastic in Birmingham’s canals. 

Don't be a sitting duck, register here for the Plastic Fishing newsletter to stay updated in how to get involved in the trips in one of these locations.  

Help us name the boat

The third Plastic Fishing punt needs a water-worthy name before the tour begins. We’re once again calling on you to help us decide!  

Can you think of a name to match the likes of Poly-Mer and PET Project?  

Tweet your name suggestion to @HubbubUK using #NotBoatFace by 5th April 2019. The winner will be invited to join in at one of the four locations during the tour.  

With thanks to the Mirror Group and Starbucks for supporting the Plastic Fishing Tour.