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BLUENET

BLUENET, creating new life for abandoned, lost or discarded fishing and aquaculture gears to prevent marine litter generation.

According to experts, 4.6-12.7 million tonnes of marine litter are added every year to our seas and oceans (Jambeck et al, 2015).

The Strand 2 “Marine Litter” of Sustainable Blue Economy call (European Commission) is looking for actions that reduce, monitor and quantify, remove and recycle marine litter produced by sea-based sources, such as fishing and aquaculture, shipping or offshore installations.

BLUENET aims at reducing, by the end of 2020, the marine litter from sea-based sources and from the SE Bay of Biscay by 20-40 %.

The sources to be investigated are aquaculture and fisheries, and the amount and harmfulness of marine litter produced by their Abandoned, Lost or Discarded Fishing Gears (ALDFG).

This will be achieve by

PROMOTING

PROMOTING

the proactivity of the sectors in combating marine litter, through ocean literacy.

PREVENTING

PREVENTING

The intentional and unintentional disposal of nets and ropes at the sea.

FACILITATING

FACILITATING

the recovery of nets and ropes to fishers and aquaculture operators.

UPCYCLING

UPCYCLING

by recycling them as raw materials for manufacturing new fishing and acualculture gears.

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Big bags ready for Fishing for Litter activities

BLUENET aims to reduce, by the end of 2020, the marine litter from sea-based sources and from the SE Bay of Biscay by 20%-40%. To achieve this purpose, fishing vessels involved in the project have been provided with big bags to collect ALDFG and other marine litter items caught in the nets during their normal fishing activities. The collection is in the framework of the international initiative Fishing for Litter promoted by KIMO. At first, 5 fishing vessels from the Basque region were to be equipped with these bags. However, thanks to the commitment and the active participation of the basque fishing sector, the fleet voluntarily joined to this project has grown over 20 vessels.  Currently 200 big bags are ready to support the collection activities in the waters of the Bay of Biscay.  Were are now looking to analyze the amounts, the type and the state of degradation of the litter collected by this committed fleet!