Litter fishing

The crystal clear waters of the Leiden canals contain an abundance of wildlife due to correct water management. However, there are also places which are littered with plastics and other man made materials. That’s why we’ll be on the water again with our fleet of canoes!

Every Sunday at 11 AM we will go litter fishing. All the materials will be provided by the team, including very stable canoes. We only have 10 spots available each session so you need to sign-up quickly via e-mail plasticspotter@gmail.com. Of course if you have your own canoe, kayak or sup board you are more than welcome to join! Also we can always use a hand from the canal side to remove plastics between the side and parked boats. So if you are not eager to go canoeing, you can still participate!

What should we do with the litter?
Every session we collect multiple bags filled with litter. From now on, we will collect data on the litter we find, so we can improve measures to prevent the litter ending up in the canals. We will become litter researchers!

Stay informed
If you want to get updates, I can put you on the mailing list, just send an e-mail to plasticspotter@gmail.com and you’ll get the newsletter!

No costs
Participating is free, we’re more than grateful for your efforts! Of course, donations for the canoe fleet are very welcome. Currently, this is possible via www.steunleiden.nl

Kids
Also welcome! Best is to take a two-persons canoe with an adult and a child in it. Children usually want to go litter fishing, while the adult does the paddling! It’s also the safest approach: one-to-one supervision. Consider a life jacket!

Further info

  • Make sure to put on old clothes!
  • Also, be aware your personal belongings can get wet, so bring a plastic bag to keep any stuff dry
  • Take something to drink and eat with you
  • Bringing your own boat? Use cheap paddles! The canal walls may damage your nice (carbon) paddles. We have a limited amount of paddles for these circumstances.
  • We bring bags, pickers, gloves, etcetera

Safety
Especially on nice, sunny days it can be busy on the water with all kinds of small, motorised boats. It’s a friendly, slow going happening. We have priority in our canoes, but never enforce it. We are in no hurry and just wait where necessary.