Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Project participants, Port authorities

See also: Involvement of fishermen | Participants in DFG retrieval | Waste management and recycling companies

The involvement of port authorities is critical to the success of your project. The harbour masters will be key contacts in the implementation of your project. Port authorities can provide adequate, affordable and accessible DFG reception and storage facilities or move the DFG to a central storage facility or area in the port. They might also help you to arrange for the transport, disposal and recycling of DFG together with other waste brought by ships or produced at the port.

Waste management is often organised differently in different ports: waste facilities might be owned and operated by the port authority, owned by the port authority but operated by a private waste management company, or owned and operated by a private waste manager. These arrangements can have a significant impact on waste reception and storage and should be discussed with the harbour master of each port authority before the start of the project. If your project includes more than one port, different arrangements may be necessary with different port authorities.

You may also be faced with a situation where a fishing port does not have waste management procedures and appropriate reception facilities in place. If you come across this situation you may be able to reach an arrangement that can benefit both your project and the port. The port could benefit from its involvement through improved waste management procedures and facilities in their port and present itself as a port that is supporting the work for cleaner seas. Often ports will be keen to participate in projects relating to DFG retrieval to emphasise their role in protecting the marine environment and supporting local projects. Publicising the role of port authorities in the project as part of your project’s communications and promotional activities will help provide public recognition of the port authority’s participation.