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Derelict Fishing Gear and Fishing for Litter Management System Derelict Fishing Gear and Fishing for Litter Management System

WP 6

The main objective of this WP is to reduce marine litter pollution in the Adriatic coastal waters by involving fishermen and other stakeholders in the foreseen activities. This objective will be achieved by setting out a system for collection and recycling of derelict fishing gear. In addition, collection of floating litter and litter from the sea bottom, including the so called "ghost nets", will be conducted in collaboration with fishermen. The initiative not only involves the direct removal of litter from the sea, but also raises awareness of the significance of the problem within the fishing sector and amongst citizens and policy-makers, thus contributing to change practices and culture. Each one of these activities will give an important contribution to the restoration of coastal marine environments, and a special value can come from a specific action of involvement of the fishery sector. Indeed, the direct involvement of fishermen in activities of prevention and protection of the environment is able to change the system of relations between them and the marine environment. Moreover, these activities could positively influence policy-makers, In order to implement the guidelines for ICZM at the sea-basin level.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

 

              ·    Identification of common agreements and fishermen awareness campaign 

              ·    Pilot action 1: Derelict fishing gear collection in ports for recycling

              ·    Pilot action 2: Fishing for litter

              ·         Pilot action 3: Ghost nets collection at sea

              ·         Protocols elaboration for the future ICZM implementation

 

DIRECT RESULTS

·         reduce marine litter pollution in the Adriatic coastal waters

·         setting out a system for collection and recycling of derelict fishing gear

·         cleaning of the sea collecting floating litter and litter from the sea bottom, including the so called "ghost nets"

·         awareness on significance of the problem within the fishing sector and amongst citizens and policy-makers

·         guidelines elaboration for the future ICZM implementation

 

INDIRECT RESULTS

·         reach a restoration of coastal marine environments

·         improve perception of the marine environment status by fishermen

·         influence policy-makers on marine litter management