PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Implementing your project, Timing of retrieval operationsSee also: Selection of locations | Technical parameters for the vessels | Involving fishermen in retrieval | Involving divers in retrieval | Reception of DFG at the port | Recycling and disposal | Monitoring DFG | Development of prevention and mitigation measures | Raising awareness of the causes and impact of DFG | Project communication
The actual timing of the retrieval needs careful planning. This is likely to take place outside the fishing season, in the period from July to August, when the fishing vessels lay idle in the ports. Not only will it be easier to get fishermen involved in this period, but the risk of interference with live fishing gear is reduced. If DFG is to be retrieved outside of this period, there may be a need to give advance notice to the fishing industry of each retrieval action and request that vessels remove all live fishing gear from the designated areas for the duration of the action. This may also involve agreement with the competent authorities.
An additional benefit of retrieving in this period is that the chances of favourable weather conditions are relatively good. Suitable weather is crucial for good retrieval results – as any waves, even minor, may cause the nets to break off the hooks.