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 secondary objectives are:
Set up a self –sustaining program for recycling ALDFG from fisheries and aquaculture.
Provide alternative and sustainable designs for fishing and aquaculture gears, promoting the design for sustainability of gears.
Test the suitability of integrating recycled raw materials in net- and rope-manufacturing, to provide a feedback to the EU Strategy on Plastics, regarding the plastic used in fishing and aquaculture.
Estimate marine litter generated by fisheries and offshore aquaculture.
Promote networking with ongoing and past projects on marine litter from fishing and aquaculture for, altogether, providing a feedback to the implementation of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), Common Fishery Policy (CFP), Aquaculture development strategies, the Directive on Port Reception Facilities, and Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy.
Increase the replicability and transfer opportunities of the positive outcomes of the project for other geographical locations and/or applications, by providing guidelines for the fishing and aquaculture sector on the prevention of marine litter generation, and the retrieval and recycling of gears.
Disseminate the outcomes of the project to the general public, stakeholders, specialist audience, skilled professionals and end-users of the proposed solutions, and knowledge transfer to stakeholders.