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
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Last February, our colleagues from GAIKER sampled and analysed of discarded fishing nets from Ondarroa port. Thanks to BIDEZAIN, the waste managers operating in ports of Bizkaia province, more than 150 kg of fishing [...]
Meetings with fishing associations, waste managers and Basque Government’s Fishing & Aquaculture director and port service
During February and March 2019, we hold several meetings with the fishing sectors, port service representatives and waste managers of the ports of Bermeo, Ondarroa, Getaria and Hondarribia to present BLUENET. The meetings had [...]
Our colleagues from AZTI visited the Basque Government’s Port Service headquarter in Donostia (Spain) to meet with their representatives. Project objectives and expected outcomes were presented and the administrative and technological requirements to equip [...]
Let’s start! We have conducted our first sampling of discarded mussel long-line ropes. A total of 450 kg of discarded ropes were collected from Mendexa aquaculture facility located in the South East Bay of [...]