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WWF Germany has been working with methods to find and retrieve lost and derelict fishing gear. The latest experiments used acoustic detecting and the findings were verified by divers. According to WWF Germany, the results are promising.
Biodegradable gillnets are being tested in Norway since 2016 as an attempt to reduce ghost fishing and marine litter caused by lost gillnets. The mechanical, biological, UV, thermal and chemical degradation as well as the fishing efficiency of biodegradable gillnets are being studied.
Microplastics in the oceans is an increasing problem and have many sources and enters the oceans through a broad range of vectors. To reduce the amount of micro plastics in the oceans, we need to know the source and the pathways. JPI Oceans have since 2015 worked to increase the understanding of microplastics in the oceans. The first 4 projects have been finalised and JPI Oceans have launched a second call of 10,5 million euro for transnational research project on microplastics.
According to experience and recent investigations, there are annually lost between 3-5000 lobster pots along the Swedish West Coast. Sotenäs municipality has an ongoing project to look at this problem. The project leader, Per-Olof Samuelsson writs about the problem and the project.
Based at Aalborg University, Denmark and with funding from the Velux Foundation, the MarinePlastic research center unites Danish researchers from different institutions and academic disciplines to collaborate in the fight against one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.