Kerala Fisherman Removes 3.5 Tonnes Plastic From The Sea

Kerala: Priyesh KV (30), a fisherman from Kerala’s Kozhikode district, has been going to sea to fish since he was 14 years old. But in the past few years, his fishing nets have caught plastics more than just fish. As he witnessed worse the situation, he decided to start a personal mission to remove as much as plastic from the sea as he can.
In just two months, Priyesh has managed to remove about 3.5 tonnes of plastic from the sea all by himself.

Priyesh, a native of Azhiyur, a coastal village at Vadakara in Kozhikode was born into a humble family with limited means. Though he was a bright student, he could not complete his education beyond Class 8. But his lingering wish to pass Class 10 also played a role in moving him closer to this novel initiative.
Priyesh said, “Last year I started to go for preparatory classes as part of appearing for Class 10 equivalency exam. Sruthi, my teacher there, asked us to write an assignment about what could be done to protect the environment. When everyone wrote about keeping house and surroundings clean, I wrote about the need to remove plastic accumulated in the oceans and the seas as that was something I was witnessing personally. After writing it, I thought why I can’t do it and began doing it”
Two months ago, Priyesh started collecting plastic every time he went out to sea.
“For quite some time, I had been observing the sea and thinking about the increase of plastic and the decrease in the number of fish. When the amount of plastic disappears, more fish will be there,” Priyesh added.
Priyesh’s task, however, does not end with simply collecting the plastic. He makes sure that the plastic waste gets recycled. For this, the officials of Azhiyur panchayat step in.The waste will be taken to the panchayat’s plastic shredding unit, from where the plastic will be taken to a recycling unit.

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