The Network

A Nordic network to exchange knowledge and experience about methods and measures to reduce the effects of ghost fishing, littering of the oceans and to increase recycling from commercial and recreational fishing.

The Nordic Council of Ministers is funding a three year project (2017-2019) with the working title: “A knowledge- and communication network between the Nordic countries in order to reduce the consequences of «ghost fishing», littering of the oceans and promote increased recycling from both commercial and recreational fishing”. The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has been appointed to lead the project, with Sweden and Denmark in the management team.

Ghost fishing and littering of the oceans is a problem that all Nordic countries are concerned about and are working on, both on a national and international level. It is a Nordic project, including Norway (the Directorate of Fisheries), Sweden (Havs- och vattenmyndigheten) and Denmark (DTU Aqua), with the intention to include all the Nordic countries through network building. The Nordic countries will be invited to contribute to the process, and knowledge and experience will become publicly available during the course of the project.


Objectives and scope:

The project will establish a status overview regarding activities related to ghost fishing in the participating Nordic countries, both for commercial and recreational fishing, including waste management, treatment and recycling.

The project will map various vital factors and describe measures and initiatives that have already started or are being initiated. A platform for knowledge and information exchange regarding these topics is included in the project.    

The goal of the CNO project is to use the network to exchange knowledge with the participating countries, were the status overview is an important initial basis, in order to reduce the danger of ghost fishing, littering of the oceans and promote increased recycling and waste management from both commercial and recreational fishing.

At the end of the project a report will describe the knowledge status of the different areas from the concerning countries and the achieved improvements during the project period. Suggestions for measures and recommendations will be provided in the form of policy briefs.