PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Planning your project, Project budgetSee also: Your local situation | Objectives | Project results
The cost of a DFG project will vary greatly depending on the size of the project (the number of vessels and persons participating and their number of days at sea), the data collection and analysis required as well as the communication activities undertaken. The most significant cost items are likely to be the costs of labour (project coordinator(s), vessel crew and, if they are used, divers), fuel and fees for the disposal or recycling of the nets. The project management and the waste management costs might be partly covered by an in-kind contribution from your own organisation or waste management organisations.
|A project budget template for DFG projects is available for download.|
Costs categories to be taken into account when planning your budget are:
- Capital expenses: Capital expenses are the costs of the assets of your project, such as equipment. This part of the template allows for depreciation costs to be calculated, and considers whether the equipment is pre-owned or purchased for the purpose of the project. If equipment is used for other purposes, the percentage dedicated to the project can be indicated.
- Operating expenses: These are the recurring costs that the project will have over its lifetime. Expenses such as management staff, supplies, materials, fees, etc. are included here. It is important to distinguish whether the amount of these costs is fixed (e.g. project management time) or variable (e.g. they depend on the amount of DFG collected, such as waste management fees).
- Set-up costs: These are ‘one-off’ costs that will occur only at the beginning of the project, rather than on a regular basis. They will need to be amortised across the lifetime of the project, in order to get an accurate understanding of project costs per year.
Costs can be calculated per operational day, per unit of DFG and per unit of habitat area restored. Operational days include vessel transit to and from the retrieval site, actual retrieval operations and unloading and storage in the port of the retrieved DFG.
Your project budget will be the basis for developing your funding strategy and approach potential project sponsors. You will find more guidance on seeking funding for your project in the section Funding for your project.
This section discusses the project team and the stakeholders that may participate in your project, in particular the following:
- Commercial fishermen, who may provide information on the locations of DFG and/or carry out the actual retrieval of the DFG.
- Qualified divers, who might be recruited to participate in DFG retrieval activities.
- Fishing port authorities, which may provide appropriate port reception facilities that also take DFG.
- Waste management and recycling companies, which may recycle retrieved DFG.
Other stakeholders that could support your project, but that are not discussed in more detail in this Toolkit include for example:
- Fishing gear manufacturers, who may, for example, change the design or the material of their gears to reduce gear losses or to reduce the impact of gear once lost, or who may get involved in recycling.
- Commercial shipping sector: Cargo ships, tankers, ferries/cruise liners can be impacted by DFG (e.g. damage to propellers).
- Sports and recreational fishers: While this Toolkit focuses on the commercial fishing sector, the recreational sector can also be an important source of DFG in some countries, and can also be impacted by DFG. They may further provide information on the locations of DFG.
|A Stakeholder Overview Table is available for downloaded, providing a more detailed overview of the stakeholders that may be involved directly or indirectly in a DFG project.|
Potential stakeholders in DFG retrieval projects
Budget template for DFG retrieval projects