FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Good Practice Short Story

Reseaclons: an innovative and participative scheme for recycling marine litter

The Vidourle Camargue FLAG has collaborated with local stakeholders on a pilot scheme for collecting and recycling marine litter. The mix of plastic waste collected by the local fishermen are recycled all together thanks to an innovative industrial process.
glass jar on beach with plastic waste collected by ReSeaclons
“Over the past several years I have witnessed an increasing amount of plastic litter in the sea. Before the ReSeaclons project, as fishers, we had nowhere to put our plastic waste. We also had no idea what would happen to it. Now we know that it is being recycled and put to good use which is great for everyone involved and the environment.”
Dominique Duprat (Fisher, Grau-du-Roi)

Over 50 fishermen from Le Grau-du-Roi fishing port in southern France participate in the pilot project called, “ReSeaclons”, which offers a collaborative approach to developing a circular economy around the collection and recycling of marine litter. The scheme brings together local stakeholders, creating mutually beneficial partnerships to turn plastic waste caught at sea into new products.  

In the first nine months of the scheme, approximately 800kg of plastic debris was collected, stored and recycled. The process starts with fishermen depositing the marine litter they have collected at sea in two shipping containers on the Le Grau-du-Roi quayside. The containers are emptied and sorted every three weeks by the intermunicipal body, Terre de Camargue (CCTC). All mixed plastics are then transported and recycled into new polymer-based items by the plastics company Trivéo. The Marine Institute of the Seaquarium, oversees the coordination between these various stakeholders.

The manifest interest of stakeholders from the aquaculture sector and from other regions could help the project to spread to other sectors and areas. The simplicity of the project makes it easily transferable and adaptable. The next step would be to create an extensive network of marine litter recycling schemes in the southern part of France.

Watch this video on the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG-Kck5jITU&t=70s

Financement

Budget €78 150
EU contribution €16 670
  • EMFF: €16 670
Other public contribution €23 530
  • National: €23 530
Private contribution €37 950
Publication date: 
11/03/2019
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