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 Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) invited MARELITT Baltic to a workshop on marine litter during the Fish Forum 2018 in Rome, Italy. The workshop focused on plastic litter from the fisheries sector. With 40 international participants, the topic raised a keen interest among FAO fisheries representatives, NGOs, scientists as well as fishing harbour managers and fisheries associations.
On the 20–21st of March 2019, the MARELITT Baltic project will host The Final Conferece in Stockholm. For the first time, we will present The Baltic Sea Blueprint – a handbook on how to approach lost and discarded fishing gear in terms of mapping, retrieval, recycling and prevention. More information will soon be available.
When derelict fishing gear (DFG) is retrieved from the sea, the material is highly mixed and contains metal anchors, chains, organic matter, and other marine litter as well as nets, ropes, float and sink lines. So how could retrieved fishing gear be treated to enter the value and recycling chain? And what preparation is necessary for a full recycle scheme? Read more about this in our new released recycling report.
One of the critical challenges of the MARELITT Baltic project is to identify more cost-efficient techniques – enabling more environmentally friendly, smoother and more accurate ways to detect and locate lost fishing gears. One potential way is to use hydro-acoustic surveying, like side-scan sonars. Read more in the new released report!
On the 19-20th of September, MARELITT Baltic partners and invited experts from Sweden, Poland and Estonia gathered for a two day seminar and site-visit in Tallinn, Estonia. The venue of the event was the newly opened Film Museum situated in Tallinn Pirita area near the coast of the Gulf of Finland.
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.