The Fishing For Litter project by A.C.Laskaridis Foundation includes the participation of the fishing industry in the reduction of marine litter based on the OSPAR protocol Agreement 2017-018. The foundation implements the project in collaboration with iSea. Professional fishers participating in the project are required to collect the litter that accumulates in their nets as part of their routine fishing activity as well as to weigh and register their findings in a recording form that has been created by the project for this purpose. Fished litter is stored onboard in large bags provided by the project so that it can be transported to the shore and be disposed.
The main objectives of the project are:
• To sensitize and change the waste management practices of the fishing industry
• The direct removal of marine litter from the seafloor
• To record litter that is found by medium-scale fishers as they perform their fishing activities.
The data that are collected are contributing to the implementation of the Marine Strategic Framework Directive (2008/56/EC). In Greece, the Ministry has selected the proposed action of “Fishing For Litter” for the removal of marine litter from the seafloor by the fishers.
In 2019, from October to December, the Fishing For Litter project was piloted in the ports of Thessaloniki and Kavala with 8 fishers actively participating. In 2020, the project was implemented during the period January to May and continued from October to late December in the ports of Thessaloniki, Kavala, Alexandroupoli, and Volos with the active participation of 18 fishing vessels. In 2021 the project will continue in the same ports and will expand in Heraklion, Lesvos, Patra, Chania, and Chios.
Find the report of 2020 in Greek here
Find the report of 2019 in Greek here
Find the informative material produced by Fishing For Litter here