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.
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.
For one and a half years, the MARELITT Baltic project has been planning and executing the mapping, dragging and disposal of ghostnets in the Baltic Sea. We are now ready to show the first results.
Vesa Tschernij, Project manager for MARELITT Baltic, will present the latest results from the project during Clean Nordic Oceans (CNO) workshop in Copenhagen the 16th of August.
In the beginning of May the project visited Nova Academy, a high school in Simrishamn that has an EU exchange program and on that day had students from Germany, Greece, Italy and Sweden visiting.
The day started with Camilla Witt from the municipality of Simrishamn giving a presentation on marine debris and ghost nets, DFG (Derelict fishing gear). After that, the MARELITT Baltic project was presented, what it is about and aims to achieve and continued showing the students the film Ghosts in the Baltic Sea from 2012.
Then it was time for workshop/group discussions that lasted 30 minutes and ended with all groups presenting thoughts and findings for a couple of minutes.
Our project "Reducing the impact of marine litter in the form of derelict fishing gear on theBaltic Sea environment" has been nominated for the third Baltic Clean Maritim Award (BCMA) in the category “Technology and Innovation" and we are among the finalists for the first prize. The price is awarded annually and will be awarded by the Baltic Sea Forum on June 14th 2017 at the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin.
Between April 10-11 the project team together with experts met at the Maritime University in Szczecin Poland for a fruitful workshop focusing on the work in the project work packages 2 and 3.
The MARELITT Baltic project first international conference on December 1st in Malmö, Sweden. The target group of the conference was associated partners and other stakeholders. MARELITT Baltic is the first transnational initiative working specifically with the problem and will result in far-reaching proposals for minimizing the problem and an enhanced international readiness to act.