MARELITT Baltic won the international environmental award "Baltic Sea Clean Maritime Award" on the 14th of June at the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Berlin.
The prize was established in 2013 by The Baltic Sea Forum in cooperation with the EU project InnoShip and The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics. The prize will strengthen innovative and environmentally friendly approaches and ideas for the Baltic Sea and offer a platform for transparency, knowledge sharing, and measures that can be implemented.
The ground breaking project was nominated as one of three finalists in the "Technology and Innovation" class.
"Derelict and lost fishing gear in the Baltic Sea, so-called ghost fishing, is an extensive and much more complicated problem than it has been previously described," said Vesa Tschernij, project manager at MARELITT Baltic Marine Centre"
The problem includes number of actors and can only be solved through a better-coordinated interaction between all involved stake holders. The MARELITT Baltic project will offer new knowledge and new tools, but it will also require an attitude change. I think that this price can make a big difference.
"We are clearly very proud of this attention," says Johanna Ragnartz, CEO of Keep Sweden Tidy, a partner in the project. This is a fantastic project that will lead to a reduction of ghost nets in the Baltic Sea"