PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS
Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Implementing your project, Reception of DFG at the portSee also: Selection of locations | Timing of retrieval operations | Technical parameters for the vessels | Involving fishermen in retrieval | Involving divers in retrieval | Recycling and disposal | Monitoring DFG | Development of prevention and mitigation measures | Raising awareness of the causes and impact of DFG | Project communication
The equipment usually used to unload fishing catches can be used to unload and place the DFG on the quay. The DFG will then need to be taken to specific storage facilities in the port. It would likely be the staff from the port authority or waste management company that will take the DFG to the storage facilities. Who transfers the DFG to the storage facilities will depend on what is agreed with the port authority during the project set-up and the normal arrangements for managing waste from vessels in the port. It is recommended that you evaluate whether the management of DFG can be integrated in the existing waste management system for ship-generated waste.
The transfer of retrieved DFG is best done after the nets have been dried, as their dry weight may be considerably less than the weight immediately after retrieval. The DFG can be modified to assist in the transfer, and subsequent disposal or recycling. For example, DFG can be cut in pieces and secured in big bags for easier handling or it may be tightly bundled together to decrease the volume of the material.