Sustainable Blue Economy: a systemic approach to tackle marine litter

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Five EMFF projects presented their solutions for preventing, mapping, monitoring, collecting, and recycling marine litter.

On 11 February, 133 participants from 11 countries attended a virtual workshop event on marine litter. The event had three main objectives:

Inform European Commission services of the achievements of the projects;

Raise awareness of the challenges faced in implementing the projects;

Discuss how future policy developments can make use of the projects results.


On the International day of women and girls in science, a women-only panel of coordinators from five EMFF projects presented their main achievements, the challenges they faced and their contribution to the policy and legal framework related to marine litter. The projects were:

AQUA-LIT, Preventive Measures for Averting the Discarding of Litter in the Marine Environment from the Aquaculture Industry; 

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BLUENET, Creating new life for discarded fishing and aquaculture gears to prevent marine litter generation;

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marGnet, Mapping and recycling of marine litter and Ghost nets on the sea-floor;

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NetTag, Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries;

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OCEANETS, Technological approaches for circular economy solutions in terms of prevention, recover, re-use and recycle of fishing gears to obtain added-value products in the textile industry.

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The presentations of the projects were preceded by a keynote lecture by François Galgani, from IFREMER, on “Marine litter in Europe: from science to policies”. 


At the event, as part of the EMFF Trainee Project, a video introducing the concept of marine litter and the activities of the five EMFF projects realised by EASME trainee Elena Basilio Puig  was presented. 


Useful links

AQUA-LIT Policy recommendations

EU Commission - Our Oceans, Seas and Coasts

Horizon Europe - Mission area: Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters

European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

Infosheet | Interreg tackling plastic litter

European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean)

Blue Med action for a plastic free Mediterranean

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