Maritime Forum

Replies of Member States to letter asking about Fishing For Litter activities

Published on: Fri, 11/11/2011 - 08:36
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    €30,000 was allocated for a pilot project in 2007 and the project has continued on a voluntary basis since then. more.


    Denmark We do not have any projects in place co-financed by the European Fisheries Fund or focussed on fishing vessels. However, it is my impression that fishermen feel a strong incentive to bring ashore waste brought on board in connection with fishery. This is also encouraged by facilities in ports to receive litter (operational waste), set up in accordance with Directive 2000/59/EF. These facilities operate on a “No special fee” principle, meaning that the actual use is free of charge. more  


    No such actions have been taken so far in Estonia. However they would consider such activities under the European fisheries Fund in case fishing vessel owners came forward with this kind of initiatives. more




    The European Fisheries Fund has financed some fishing for litter under the "Contrats Bleus"


    No funding from EFF. Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety together with NABU provide garbage bags and reception facilities at Burgstaaken (Fehmarn) and Heiligenhafens. Project includes analysis and disposal of litter more.



    Tauragė Fisheries local action group have submitted proposal “Fishing for marine litter and ghost nets – Baltic Sea” with South Sweden FLAG (lead partner) to INTERREG BSR project. Outcome of applixation not known. more



    Some environmental projects but nothing specific on "fishing for litter". more



    Between the years 2000-2011, twelve projects have been granted funds from the EFF and its predecessor the FIFG. The total cost for these actions has been SEK 4.7 million (€515,000), of which SEK 2.4 million (€263,000) has been financed with EU funds, with the remainder being financed by Swedish public funds. The fishermen have documented a total of 92 kilometres of recovered fishing nets. This gear has been collected in dumpsters and transported to nearby landfills. more




    CETMAR is a Public Foundation promoted by the Regional Department of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs and the General Directorate of research of the Government of Galicia - - together with  the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. They have undertaken several initiatives in the area including the recycling of batteries.



    The UK had a programme called Fishing For Litter which was paid for out of a national pot of money incentivising fishermen to retrieve items from the coastal bed and have them disposed of more responsibly,.  An application for funding under EFF was rejected due as the business proposal had not been fully though out.

    report from south-west England

    report from Scotland