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 2017-081. The foundation collaborates with iSea, which has been rendered responsible for the implementation of the project in the north Aegean Sea.
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 weight 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 in an environmentally friendly way
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.
In 2019, from October to December, Fishing For Litter project was piloted in the ports of Thessaloniki and Kavala with 8 fishers actively participating. In 2020, the project further expanded to include the ports of Alexandroupoli and Volos through the active participation of nine fishers. For the year 2020, the implementation of Fishing For Litter started in January and it will continue until the end of the year in the ports of Thessaloniki, Kavala, Alexandroupoli, and Volos that account for about 43% of trawl fleet in Greece.
Find the report of 2019 in Greek here
Find the informative material produced by Fishing For Litter here