WHY MARELITT BALTIC?
Derelict fishing gear (DFG) is addressed worldwide as a source of marine litter with extensive hazardous effects on the marine ecosystem. From 5.500 to 10.000 gillnets and trawl nets are lost every year but despite intense media focus - the problem is poorly known in the fisheries industry and among politicians. The MARELITT Baltic project will be the first transnational initiative in the world to provide an operation oriented all-in-one solution for how to approach DFG. It will turn a diffuse problem into a clear and apprehensible topic that can contribute to an enhanced international readiness to act.
The Circular Oceans conference on April 18-19, 2018, in Aalesund, Norway, brought together all kinds of parties interested in working with ghost gear. Andrea Stolte presented the recycling trials conducted by WWF Germany as part of the MARELITT Baltic DFG treatment scheme.
Only around half of the surveyed harbours around the Baltic Sea can receive and handle ghost nets and end-of-life fishing gear. For the handling of ghost nets only, the result is even lower. This appears in the MARELITT Baltic harbour reception survey.
In April, the MARELITT Baltic project partner WWF Germany arranged a three-day workshop on the topic “recycling of lost fishing gear”. The workshop was organised in Stralsund, Germany, with participants from all over the world: Peru, Hong Kong, UK, France, Spain, to name a few.
Last week, the MARELITT Baltic partners from Marine Center in Simrishamn municipality, visited a small local company called “Fiskareföreningen Norden”. Sixten Söderberg, founder and owner of the company, informed about an effort to establish a municipal sorting station that can handle several types of plastic waste – including retrieved derelict fishing gear.
Last week, the MARELITT Baltic lead partner arranged a national workshop in Simrishamn, on the topic "how to prevent gear loss in the future".
Together with the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (ILiM), WWF Poland organized a meeting regarding the fishing gear tagging within the radio-frequency identification technology (RFID).
The MARELITT Baltic team wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, we are looking forward to an exciting and fruitful 2018!
Last week, the MARELITT Baltic project group visited Plastix, a recycling company that has a focus on waste fishing equipment, for a workshop on recycling of DFG or derelict fishing gear retrieved from the Baltic Sea.
The 17-18th of October, stakeholders and project partners gathered in Kolobrzeg, Poland, to share and discuss the project results so far. Together, all participants contributed to what became a very giving experience.
The MARELITT Baltic project was presented during the seminar “Plastic soup and dead zones: Source prevention for cleaner seas” at the World Water Week in Stockholm on the 27th of august.