[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Korea Coast Guard said that it plans to continuously push ahead measures to prevent illegal marine pollution from vessels.
Last year, the Korea Coast Guard carried out six measures to strengthen management of pollutants, such as the production and distribution of plastic bags to prevent oil spills from fishing vessels, the campaigns for the legal action against illegal pollutants from vessels in June and for the reduction of pollutants on the beach in July and August, and the real-name policy of lubricant container.
The results show that the amount of waste oil returned in 2017 has increased by 56㎘(4.6%) compared to that of 2016.
In 2018, the Korea Coast Guard has decided to supplement the tasks conducted in 2017 and select additional tasks to be carried out. The Korea Coast Guard will continuously distribute the plastic bag to prevent overflowing of fuel when the oil is supplied and expand the real-name system of container throughout the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives.
“Fishermen who live on the sea should try to deal with the pollutants of fishing vessels by themselves,” an official from the Korea Coast Guard said. “We would like to ask for active cooperation of related organizations such as local governments, the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, and the Korea Marine Environment Management Corporation.”
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