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 MARELITT Baltic project are now performing an experiment to explore tools that can be used for mapping of areas with lost fishing gear. Through this experiment, we offer insitutes a chance to test hydro-acoustic instrument on two verified and authentic objects.
During summer, we will have a short break in our updates about the project. We will be back in August, for sure. Don't forget to enjoy all that the Baltic Sea has to offer during summertime, and remember to cherish it – by not leaving discarded fishing gear or litter of any kind. We wish you all a pleasant summer!
Within the MARELITT Baltic project, we investigate the options for ecologically sound retrieval of derelict fishing gear (ALDFG), from the Baltic Sea. With the aim of identifying environmentally sound retrieval techniques, the ecological impacts of different retrieval methods on the marine environment have been analysed.
This week was the start for diving activities on wrecks off the Swedish south coast. Diving activities have already been carried out in Germany and will also be carried out in both Estonia and Poland during the summer.
The MARELITT Baltic project partner WWF Germany is commissioning an ammunition risk assessment for the retrieval of lost fishing gear from the Baltic Sea.
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".