FISHERIES RELATED ACTIONS

Action No.

Action

Lead Party(ies) / other relevant OSPAR Bodies

Published reports or further information

35

To Identify the options to address key waste items from the fishing industry and aquaculture, which could contribute to marine litter, including deposit schemes, voluntary agreements and extended producer responsibility.

France, Belgium and EU, with participation from Portugal

ACTION COMPLETED

Information on current practice was gathered from OSPAR CPs through a questionnaire. The results were presented in a scoping document, which was published in 2019.

36

Through a multinational project, together with the fishing industry and competent authorities develop and promote best practice in relation to marine litter. All relevant aspects (including e.g. dolly rope, waste management on board, waste management at harbours and operational losses/net cuttings) should be included.

Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Netherlands with participation of Germany and Norway

ACTION COMPLETED

Report published in 2017 on “ A Review of Marine Litter Management Practices for the Fishing Industry

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A stakeholder workshop on handling (plastic) garbage in the fishing sector with stakeholders and member states was held in November 2017

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OSPAR scoping study on best practices for the design and recycling of fishing gear as a means to reduce quantities of fishing gear found as marine litter in the North-East Atlantic

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Net cuttings waste from fishing in the North-East Atlantic: best practices for mitigation

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2nd report on Best practices to reduce marine litter from net cuttings waste

37

Investigate the prevalence and impact of dolly rope[1] (synthetic fibre). Engage with competent authorities (such as National Authorities, EU, NEAFC etc.) and the fishing industry in order to work together to reduce the waste generated by dolly rope on a (sub) regional basis.

Netherlands with participation of Germany and Belgium

Action to be completed in 2020. Dolly rope was considered as part of the above-mentioned DRFG report; a stand-alone briefing note will be produced summarising the results.

53

Strengthen the existing OSPAR recommendation 2010/19 on the reduction of marine litter through implementation of fishing for litter initiatives, including by reviewing the option that any vessel involved in the scheme can land non-operational waste at participating harbours in OSPAR countries.

Netherlands, The United Kingdom and KIMO, with participation from Portugal

ACTION COMPLETED

2014 Overview and assessment of implementation reports Fishing for Litter (on Recommendation 2010/19)

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An OSPAR Recommendation 2016/01 on the reduction of marine litter through the implementation of fishing for litter initiatives, and corresponding guidelines.

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OSPAR 2019 adopted the following target for this action, with a baseline year of 2017:

To increase the total number of vessels participating in FFL schemes in the OSPAR maritime area by 100% by 2021, compared to the baseline situation in 2017.

56

Identify hot spot areas through mapping of snagging sites or historic dumping grounds working with other initiatives, research programmes and with fishing organisations.

No Lead

Action is being delivered through the EU-funded CleanAtlantic project; the project partners and OSPAR will consider how outputs from the project can be presented.

57

Develop a risk assessment for identifying where accumulations of ghost nets pose a threat to the environment and should be removed.

No Lead

Action is being delivered through the EU-funded CleanAtlantic project; the project partners and OSPAR will consider how outputs from the project can be presented.

[1] Bunches of polyethylene threads used to protect the codend of demersal trawlnet from abrasions