A Fishing for Litter pilot project was developed in the Galician Rias (NW Spain). Fishermen for different fleets brought ashore the litter collected in their nets during ordinary fishing operations (both gillnets & trawling nets). The project ran from 2009-2010 and operated for 6 months of each year.
Participants included Fishing associations, CETMAR, Ports of Galicia, Port of Vigo, Port of Marin and Port of Coruña, port waste managers. The project was funded by the Ministry in charge of the Environment
The 152 vessels that participated included artisanal boats and coastal trawlers. Ship length ranged from 6m to 30 m. Six hundred fishermen participated in the project.
The aims of the pilot project were to:
– Improve knowledge and understanding of marine litter in Galician waters
– Reduce the amount of marine litter and collect data about location, typology, quantities, possible sources and trends.
– Evaluate the feasibility of implementing a sustainable scheme in Galician Ports
– Raise awareness among fishermen, port operators and general public
The Marine Litter Style Program is being rolled out for the protection and recovery of the marine ecosystems and biodiversity. It aims to accomplish this through marine litter/fishing gear removal by the fishing sector in the framework of the EMFF.
Duration: Plan delivered in 2016. Pilot actions likely to be initiated mid 2018.
Participants: Fishing and shellfisheries associations coordinated by CETMAR
Funding Program: Galician Department for Sea Affairs (EMFF)
Aims of the new project:
-To implement Fishing for litter “passive” actions with the involvement of fishermen
-To implement “active” actions directed at removing litter/retrieve fishing gear from hot spots
-To raise awareness among the fishing sector and the general public.
CETMAR will coordinate this program and develop technical actions (technical protocols, collections systems, identification of hotspots, testing methodologies, monitoring, etc.)