Silakkasoutu – A Herring Row for A Clean Baltic Sea


In January 2017, the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation took part in the 5th Silklifting marine research event around Helsinki. Silakkasoutu is the kick start for famous herring market, an ancient tradition in Finland. More than a dozen people from our stakeholder network rowed on a church boat and took samples of the seawater during our voyage. President Sauli Niinistö, was the patron of the 2017 event. We had many experts in the field: Bioplastics, plastic tubes, recycling, polymerization, youth and retirement. In addition to raising awareness for the issue of keeping trash out of the waterways, we also highlighted how plastics play an important role in water conservation through things like suitable plastic drainage pipes, wash basins and similar functional plastic equipment. Maintaining waste management and preventing the spread of debris also calls for good plastic tools. And above all, we need the responsibility of all of us.

By participating in the catchment, we wanted to strengthen the public’s awareness of the factors affecting the condition of the Baltic Sea. It was encouraging to see our waterways look cleaner than they did just a year ago, visibility was even half a meter higher. It is our hope that this is a sign of improved seawater quality. Preventing marine litter and using the right plastic tools to help keep water clean will make it even better for future generations.

Learn more on the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation website here.