Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Planning your project, Project results

See also: Your local situation | Objectives | Project budget

Defining a set of results that you expect to see from your project will help you to monitor whether your project is on track to meeting its objectives. The expected results should therefore be aligned with the project objectives. Objectives, and the related results, should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound).

When possible, the results should be specified using quantitative indicators as these enable clearer targeting and tracking. If this is not practical, results can be described in a qualitative manner. Indicators are quantitative or qualitative factors or variables that provide a simple and reliable means to measure achievement of objectives (and therefore of results). Targets can also be established by setting out the value for each indicator that you expect to achieve in your project by a given point in time. Targets are often broken down by year. 

Examples of expected project results (some examples of possible indicators are provided in brackets):

  • Knowledge of the DFG problem (causes and impacts of DFG; types, amounts and location) and the possible measures to reduce the impact of DFG is improved.
  • A set of DFG prevention, mitigation and remedial measures is proposed to the relevant stakeholders, such as fishermen, port authorities, gear manufacturers, recycling companies and policy makers, encouraging actions and changes to attitudes and working practices, to reduce the impact of DFG.
  • Guidance is developed on the retrieval of DFG from the open sea, for organisations that wish to start their own DFG retrieval project.
  • DFG is retrieved. Possible indicators include: The number of vessels/fishermen participating in DFG retrieval operations; Total area cleaned from DFG; Total amount of nets collected (tonnes, metres) by the end of the first year of the project, XX by the end of the second year of the project; Average amount of nets collected per vessel per day at sea.
  • Retrieved DFG is managed in an environmentally sound manner. Possible indicators include: Waste management rates (% of total amount of DFG collected): Recycling (%); Landfilling (%) and Incineration with energy recovery (%).
  • Awareness is increased among relevant stakeholders of the impacts of the DFG problem in the area and of the measures they could take to reduce the impact. Possible indicators include: Number of DFG workshops organised; Number of fishermen that participated in DFG training workshops; Number of project website visitors.
  • DFG projects contribute to changes in the wider fishing sector, such as industry-wide changes resulting in a reduced number of fishermen discarding their nets at sea, or the development of an effective waste management system, with adequate and affordable port reception facilities in all fishing ports so that fishermen can properly discharge or their old nets.