The focus with MARELITT Baltic project is to reduce the impact of marine litter in the form of derelict fishing gear in the Baltic Sea. The project is divided into five work packages (WP), where package 2, 3 and 4 are the major parts concerning the cleaning, prevention and recycling of the DFG.

The aim is to develop cost-efficient, safe and environmentally friendly derelict fishing gear (DFG) cleaning methods identified through demonstration actions for sampled targets (soft seabed/wrecks/rocky bottoms) including an environmental impact assessment analysis for sensitive areas.

As a result, a handbook on DFG cleaning methodologies consisting of an evaluation of dragging operations and documentation of lessons learned will be made. MARELITT will constitute the baseline for future cleaning measures while gaining an overview of host areas in the Baltic Sea in form of a map and developing a plan for post project operation.

MARELITT Baltic also aims to increase responsible fishery while developing a code of conduct for the fishing industry. Other objectives include the improvement of fishing gears for responsible fishing and a minimization of the DFG problem while improving the retrieval of DFG giving an overview about technologies to reduce gear loss.

The project compiled recommendations for regulations on prevention in form of a recommendation paper on national and EU level. It should result in a long-term impact on a change of fishing strategies and legislations on the different spatial levels.

An overview about harbour reception facilities for old fishing gear and DFG aims an improvement of reception facilities in harbors including environmentally sound waste management for DFG. A feasibility study on economic solutions for DFG recycling should find efficient ways to reuse/recycle DFG in the best way. A DFG treatment scheme should point out solutions on how to prepare DFG for processing & to find economical solutions for recycling small volumes.




    • Municipality of Simrishamn, Lead partner (SE)
    • Keep the Estonian Sea Tidy (EE)
    • WWF Poland Foundation (PL)
    • WWF Germany (DE)
    • Keep Sweden Tidy (SE)
    • Maritime University of Szczecin (PL)
    • Kolobrzeg Fish Producers Group (PL)
    • Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (PL)
    • Estonian Divers Association (EE)

    The Swedish partners particiapition have been co-financed by Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management under 1:12 Åtgärder för havs - och vattenmiljö.


    Priority area - Natural Resources
    Specific objective - Clear waters
    Project acronym - MARELITT Baltic
    Lead Partner - Municipality of Simrishamn, Sweden
    Project partners - 4 PL, 2 EE, 1 DE, 1 SE
    Project budget - Total EUR 3,8 MM