MARELITT

PILOT PROJECT: REMOVAL OF MARINE LITTER FROM EUROPE'S FOUR REGIONAL SEAS

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Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Implementing your project, Involving divers in retrieval

See also: Selection of locations | Timing of retrieval operations | Technical parameters for the vessels | Involving fishermen 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

Divers may undertake the following actions during DFG retrieval operations: 

Using divers may help you to avoid or to limit the use of mechanical methods, and therefore to reduce the environmental impact of the retrieval operation. Divers may also increase the efficiency and the effectiveness of the retrieval operation, as mechanical force may reduce the amount of gear recovered by inadvertently separating the lead and/or cork lines from the webbing. The webbing, which is the more damaging portion of the net, may be more difficult to locate and remove when separated. All attempts should be made to avoid tearing the lead or float line from the net leaving behind the more environmentally damaging webbing material.

The decision on whether to use divers in you project will depend mainly on the depth and the topography of the seafloor:

Clearing wrecks of nets always requires divers. This type of operation is not specifically covered by this Toolkit; however some of the guidance provided may be relevant to wreck cleaning.