PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Implementing your project, Complementary activitiesSee also: Litter collection | Litter reception | Recycling and disposal | Project communication | Raising awareness on marine litter | Monitoring marine litter
You should consider whether there are any opportunities to cooperate with other types of marine litter projects in your local area. Your project might benefit from sharing efforts and resources with other projects in areas such as joint management of the marine litter collected or joint awareness campaigns.
Other types of projects that might be carried out in your local area include:
- derelict fishing gear retrieval projects;
- clean-up of port areas (mostly carried out by port authorities);
- seasonal clean-ups of coastal waters (mostly by local authorities, sometimes with vessels also used for oil spills);
- research projects, under which marine litter is being collected with a view to better understanding the problem;
- diving for litter projects, carried out by diving clubs, local authorities or NGOs;
- collection of floating litter near the shoreline, often carried out by local governments;
- beach clean-ups.
A number of initiatives provide guidance to organisations who wish to carry out these activities. For example, the Ocean Initiatives’ Organizer’s Kit provides you with a protocol to organise a local beach clean-up. Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris project provides guidelines for conducting diving for litter initiatives, from choosing a diving site to recording data. Detailed guidance on monitoring beach litter is provided in the Guidance on monitoring of marine litter in European Seas (JRC, 2013) and the Marine Litter Watch app helps volunteers report the marine litter they collect on beaches to a Europe-wide database.