PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Project participantsInvolvement of fishermen | Participants in DFG retrieval | Port authorities | Waste management and recycling companies
As the lead organisation establishing a DFG project, your organisation will be responsible for the overall management of the project and for the coordination of participants and partners. In general, your role in the project may involve the following steps:
- Establishing a project team and appointing a project manager.
- Developing a project plan, including indicators and targets for monitoring and evaluation.
- Identifying and contacting participants in the DFG retrieval (and develop agreements with them)
- Identifying and securing resources for the project.
- Sourcing and ordering services and supplies (equipment, containers if required, etc.), and distributing them.
- Developing DFG retrieval guidelines and organising meetings for participating fishermen.
- Monitoring and evaluating project progress and results and preparing any required reports (e.g. to funding sources or other supervisory bodies).
- Reflecting on the results of monitoring and evaluation reports and modifying the project approach as appropriate.
Strong management of the project and regular contact with all stakeholders that have a direct impact on the project are critical to the success of the project. Appointing a project manager to be responsible for the management of the project will help you to ensure its overall success. The composition of your project team will depend on the size and demands of your project (days at sea, number of vessels involved, size of project area).
In addition to the project manager, the project team may consist of:
- A communication manager.
- Coordinators for each of the ports in which participating fishermen are registered and in which DFG will therefore be landed.
- Experts hired on a needs-basis when their specific expertise is required. The areas of expertise may include for example: fisheries regulations; marine environment (to advise on the presence of habitats of special concern in the retrieval area and on the optimal timing of activities), waste management (to advise on the environmentally sound management of the retrieved DFG).
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