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.

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About the project

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. Derelict fishing gear (DFG) is addressed worldwide as a source of marine litter with extensive hazardous effects on the marine ecosystem. Despite intense media focus, the problem is poorly known in the fisheries industry and among politicians. MARELITT Baltic will be the first transnational initiative in the world providing an operation oriented, all target groups involved, all-in-one solution to turn a diffuse problem into a clear, transparent and apprehensible topic contributing to an enhanced international readiness to act.

About the award

The Baltic Sea Region is the first macro-region acknowledged by the European Union as a strategy project for regional cooperation and development. The development of the Baltic Sea Region has been a success story of economical, environmental and social integration in Europe. And consequently, also the maritime industry, as part of this project, has also benefitted from the economic growth and prosperity in the Baltic Sea region.