Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Planning your project, Objectives

See also: Your local situation | Project results | Project budget

When establishing a DFG project, it is import to clearly define the overall and specific objectives of your project. This will help you to ensure that your project activities contribute to your objectives. The objectives of your project should be based on your local project situation and should be realistic given the available resources.

The overall objective of your project will most likely be to reduce the impact of DFG. Your project might also have a number of specific objectives that will support your project in meeting its overall objective. The level of ambition of your specific objectives can vary greatly depending of your local situation and on what you think is achievable given your research and the cooperation of other participants in the project. For example, specific project objectives may include:

Your project might aim to study the problem of DGF through collecting information, for example on location, type, material and age or general state of nets that are being retrieved.

Information on the characteristics of the DFG problem and its impact in your intervention area can be used to conduct awareness raising activities.

By raising their awareness of the measures that certain stakeholders can take to reduce the problem, behavioural change can be promoted. The project may, for example, raise the awareness of fishermen on the measures that they can take to reduce the occurrence of DFG (such as reporting of DFG under a ‘no fault’ reporting system) or encourage gear manufacturers to develop biodegradable gear or include tracking mechanisms in gear.

To reduce the health and safety, economic, social and environmental impact of DFG that is present in the marine environment. There is an environmental benefit in DFG retrieval if it can be done in a safe and an environmentally sensitive manner, without unnecessary damage to the marine habitat and ecosystem, and if the retrieved DFG can be disposed of or preferably, recycled, in an environmentally sound manner. 

Depending on the system already in place in the local fishing ports, the project objective might be to integrate DFG in the ports’ existing waste management system. If there are no reception facilities in some ports, the objective can be to create a waste management system in these ports. The objective of the management system should be the collection and environmentally sound treatment of all DFG. Where possible, recycling should be considered.