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Recycling corner: from waste to resource

This section is intended to provide information about the companies differently involved in the fishing nets recycling process. The section will be continuously updated thanks to the contribution of the visitors.

Among these companies are those dealing with the realization of innovative products (yarn production, sportswear, carpets, skateboards, etc...) guaranteeing environmental preservation, those operating in the separation and disposal of fishing nets recovered from the seabed and those operating in the selection of nets according to the different types of polimers in order to obtain raw material to be reintroduced into the production cycle. Considering waste as a resource is not only positive from the economic point of view, but it is also an example of environmental sustainable development.


Expected Results

What tangible results should we expect from the project?

  • Enhanced local biodiversity by restoring natural habitat functions after removing all the ALDGF detected in selected areas.
  • A revised and updated database of published scientific and technical papers and gray literature about the biodiversity of rocky habitats in the Veneto coastal area.
  • An initial assessment of the economic value of ecosystem services provided by the Tegnùe habitats aimed at identifying and quantifying the main effects of ALDFG removal.
  • A technical protocol on ALDFG management in coastal areas.
  • A regulation proposal as a first step towards adopting specific legislative tools at regional level.
  • Raised awareness among stakeholders about ALDFG effects on the marine environment.
  • Information exchanges and shared methods with ongoing international projects on similar issues.

Networking with other projects or initiatives

Programme LIFE+
Project Title and Acronym Knowledge Transfer and Exchange in Environment and Health (Life KTE EnvHealth Network)

Life KTE EnvHealth Network was established after the LIFE National Thematic Meeting Participation, riskperception, knowledge transfer and Exchange in environment and health, which was held in Florence on 13th April, 2016. The meeting was organized by LIFE GIOCONDA project in collaboration with the Office for Participation Policies of the Tuscany Region and it was aimed at discussing and sharing experiences and methodologies developed and applied by LIFE project to support governance issues related to the environment and human health. The network includes ten LIFE projects addressing different aspects of environmental health impacts. Environmental risk management requires an effective transfer of knowledge among research world, industry, local amministration and citizens. The network's aims consist in both to suggest preventive actions and the adoption of adequate lifestyle attitudes and to provide appropriate tools suitable to support decision-making processes in the field of environmental protection and public health safeguard.

List of LIFE projects that have joined the network: GIOCONDA (http://gioconda.ifc.cnr.it), MAPEC (http://mapec-life.eu), PERSUADED (http://www.iss.it/lifp), HIA21 (http://www.hia21.eu), MED HISS (http://www.medhiss.eu), AIS (http://www.ais-life.eu), CROME (http://www.crome-life.eu), BrennerLEC (http://brennerlec.life/it), GHOST (http://www.life-ghost.eu), MERMAIDS (http://life-mermaids.eu/it).

Other LIFE projects are invited to join the network by writing to Liliana Cori (e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), GIOCONDA project manager.

Website  Under construction
Type of cooperation  Exchange of information and communication methodologies. Organization of joint events. Possible cooperation in future projects.

Project title and Acronym Derelict Fishing Gear Management System in the Adriatic Region
Summary The project aims to develop a strategy for reducing marine litter pollution in the Adriatic Sea by involving different stakeholders (fishing industry, reaearchers, policy-makers, NGOs and recycling industry). A the end of the project, the Adriatic region will have  the first assessment of marine litter pollution, a better knowledge on microplastic pollution and its effects on marine biota and pilot actions in place that will continue after the project end.
Web site www.defishgear.net
Type of cooperation Invitation to project events as speakers, exchange of information and data.


Project Title and Acronym

Shaping an Holistic Approach to Protect the Adriatic Environment between coast and sea (SHAPE)


The project aims at the development of a multilevel and cross-sector governance system, based on an holistic approach and on an integrated management of the natural resources, risk’s prevention and conflicts resolution among uses and users of the Adriatic coast and sea. Project activities promote the application and the successful implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol in the Mediterranean and the Roadmap for Maritime Spatial Planning in the Adriatic region.

Web site www.shape-ipaproject.eu
Type of cooperation

Invitation to project events as speakers, exchange of information and data.

Programme FP7
Project Title and Acronym

Marine Litter in European Seas - Social Awareness and Co-Responsibility (MARLISCO)


The main objectives of the MARLISCO project are to increase the awareness of the consequences of societal behavior in relation to waste production and management on marine socio-ecological systems, to promote co-responsibility among the different actors, to define a more sustainable collective vision, and to facilitate grounds for concerted actions through the successful implementation of the MMLAP. The main focus is to provide and evaluate mechanisms to enable society to perceive the impact of litter on the marine environment, to identify the land-based activities that are involved and collectively arrive at solutions to reduce that impact – in particular solutions that can be implemented locally but have a regional effect.

Web site www.marlisco.eu
Type of cooperation Exchange of information, participation to reciprocal events.

Programme LIFE +
Project Title and Acronym

Integral networking of fishing sector actors to organize a responsible, optimal and sustainable exploitation of marine resources (FAROS)


By its volume of production, the fishing industry occupies a prominent place among the economic activities of the European community. In fact, the economic relevance of this sector has prompted the development of a common fishing policy oriented towards the conservation and regulation of fish resources and aquaculture. In this regard, clear actions of environmental and ecological character have been contemplated in order to contribute to the sustainable and rational exploitation of the resources, as well as to minimize the adverse impact that the discards/residues generated by this activity would produce on the environment.

Web site www.farosproject.eu
Type of cooperation Data and information exchange, possible cooperation in future projects.

Programme EU Commission - DG Environment
Project Title and Acronym

Pilot Project: Removal of Marine Litter from Europe’s four Regional Seas (MARELITT)


With the overall objective of assisting EU Member States in reaching the objective of achieving ‘good environmental status’ (GES) of all EU marine waters by 2020, MARELITT will assess existing marine litter removal projects in Europe’s four regional seas from the organizational, economic and environmental angles. This assessment will allow the definition of good practices. Subsequently, organizations will be identified and invited to host a project and to continue developing the good practices after the project period. The capacity of the organizations will be strengthened through the project, via training and guidance. In addition, the results of the project will be disseminated through a web-based toolkit providing guidance to stakeholders that want to establish their own litter removal project.

Web site www.marelitt.eu
Type of cooperation

Exchange of information and documents. Organization of joint events.


Maritime Operational Programme Italy - France 2007-2013

Project Title and Acronym

Sistema integrato per il Monitoraggio e il Controllo dell’Ambiente Marino(MOMAR)


The overall objective is to develop ICT devices, apply numerical models, develop informational and organizational actions to bridge the gap in environmental analysis and monitoring of the Sea (Corsica, Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany), contributing to its efficient exploitation (better use of resources) and effectiveness (aimed at decision-making and management of the sector).

Web site www.mo-mar.net
Type of cooperation Exchange of know-how.

Programme Private Initiative
Project Title and Acronym Ghost fishing

This initiative is promoted by divers who collect waste and derelict fishing gear on the Dutch North Sea, fresh water lakes and international waters. Their roots are found in North Sea wreck diving and the participation in project ”Duik de Noordzee Schoon”. Along the way, a large group of volunteers joined us and help us in our mission till the moment we decided to act global. They started the international oriented team called Ghost Fishing and start working with other dive teams worldwide. The volunteer team is based on technical divers. The main goal of Ghost Fishing is to establish a global network of divers working together on lost fishing gear removal and sharing their knowledge and skills. To achieve this, they regularly work with other teams and projects to exchange knowledge and to remove lost or discarded fishing gear.

Web site www.ghostfishing.org
Type of cooperation Exchange of information and documents.

Programme LIFE +
Project Title and Acronym

Strategies for Marine Litter and Environmental prevention of sea pollution in coastal areas  (SMILE)


The LIFE SMILE project’s main aim focuses on reducing and recovering marine litter in coastal areas. This will be achieved through the development of governance processes for implementing an innovative ‘catching mechanism’ for marine litter in a pilot area. All work will contribute to the region’s ICZM operations. Specific actions will include: Implementation of an integrated approach to solid waste management; Extension of existing ICZM operations further inland; Standardization and harmonization of related monitoring programmes; Development of governance processes, at local and regional level, for promoting more shared policies and actions in coastal areas; Implementation of a catching mechanism to reduce and prevent the transport of solid wastes from river basins, including a cost/benefit analysis of the system. Raising the awareness of environmental stewardship amongst sea and coastal users in order to improve the efficacy of existing law and regulations in addressing marine litter problems.

Web site www.life-smile.eu
Type of cooperation Exchange of information and documents participation  to reciprocal events.

Programme LIFE +
Project Title and Acronym

Integral Management Model of recovery and recycling of the proper solid wastes from the fishing and port activities (3RFISH)


The main objective is to improve the quality of marine waters and seabed through the correct use of the devices and equipment that are handling in the fishing sector, together with the proper solid waste management and recycling from those activities. specific objectives:

  • To develop an integrated management and recycling system for the main three types of solid waste from fishing and port activities: fishing nets, packaging polystyrene and lighting devices.
  • To promote and implement good practices on waste management, both on board and in ports areas.
  • To establish innovative systems for management and recovery of the mentioned waste, from the beginning of its life cycle until the last treatment.
  • To promote practical cooperation among the key sector stakeholders in order to define a set of potential uses or market opportunities for recovered waste, both economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • To technically and economically evaluate the potential implementation of a management plan for port & fisheries waste in Galicia and Portugal ports.
Web site www.3rfish.org/en/proyecto.html
Type of cooperation Exchange of information and documents

Programme Initiative
Project Title and Acronym Healthy Seas

The Healthy Seas initiative aims to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter from the seas and oceans for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter. The objectives are:

  1. To identify and to implement sustainable and coordinated activities related to the removal of fishing nets and other marine litter from the seas and the oceans.
  2. To recycle as much as possible of this waste into raw material, to be reused for the production of new, attractive products such as socks, carpets, swimwear, etc., which the consumer can recognize as being generated through the initiative, and therefore being beneficial for the seas.
  3. To create a cooperation model in which NGOs and businesses work together in a sustainable and rewarding manner for a better planet.
Web site www.healthyseas.org
Type of cooperation Exchange of information and documents. Possible cooperation in future projects.

Programme Initiative
Project Title and Acronym Blue Line System

In 2009, the Blue Line System team sensitized citizens about the ALDFG problem developing a pioneer research project in Brazil through a partnership between the Foundation Forestry and the Institute of Fishing of Secretariat Supply of the State of São Paulo in Brazil. The goal was to identify, quantify and map the abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gears. To achieve the goals a methodology called blue line system was developed. During three years of operation and 8 Clean up Dive Campaigns 1.5 tons of lost gears have been retrieved.

Web site www.bluelinesystem.blogspot.com.br
Type of cooperation

Exchange of information and methodology. Possible cooperation in future projects.

Programme DG MARE/2012/25 - Project on Maritime Spatial Planning in the Mediterranean Sea and/or the Black Sea
Project Title and Acronym Adriatic Ionian maritime spatial plan (ADRIPLAN)

The project will deliver a commonly-agreed approach to cross-border MSP in the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion, considered as a whole and more specifically through two Focus Areas (Northern Adriatic Sea; Southern Adriatic / Northern Ionian Sea). The proposed approach will be based on the best knowledge available, will be developed with the support of Institutional partners and observers and the involvement of all main stakeholders and will provide detailed proposals and recommendations for the implementation of cross-border MSP.

Web site www.adriplan.eu
Type of cooperation

Exchange of information. GHOST representatives included into the key stakeholders of  ADRIPLAN.

Programme Initiative
Project Title and Acronym Reef Check Italia Onlus

Reef Check Italia Onlus is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of two ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and Mediterranean Sea rocky reefs. Founded in 2008, Reef Check Italia originates from a partnership between the Reef Check Foundation Monitoring Program for coral reefs, officially recognized by the United Nations, and the MAC Project (Monitoring of Mediterranean Coastal Environment), designed and proposed in 2006 by some researchers of the universities of Genoa, Polytechnic University of Marche and Bologna. Since 2006, the monitoring program of the Mediterranean Coastal Environment (CEM) is based on the data collection of presence / absence of certain indicator species, on quantitative surveys of fixed stations, using the technique of squares and on the measurement of temperature variations along the Italian coasts.

Web site www.reefcheckitalia.it
Type of cooperation Exchange of data and cooperation in future initiatives.

Programme LIFE Nature 2012
Project Title and Acronym Reduction in mortality of sea turtles in professional fishing (TARTALIFE)

In line with UNEP RAC/SPA's MAP (2001)mand the National Action Plan on MArine Turtles which the Italian Ministry of Environment is currently drafting, the project TARTALIFE, involving all 15 Italian regions overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, aims at reducing the mortality of Carretta caretta and thus contributing to the conservation of the species in the Mediterranean, via 2 specific objects:

-reducing bycathches caused by pelagic longline, bottom trawl and fixed nets disseminating circle hooks and TEDs and testing STARs and a new type of pot;

- reducing post-capture mortality, training fishermen and strengthening the Marine turtles First Aid/Rescue Centers.

Web site www.tartalife.eu
Type of cooperation Signature of a Cooperation Agreement aimed at promoting the safeguard of the marine environment through jointly dissemination activities and Exchange of information/data.


Programme LIFE Nature 2012
Project Title and Acronym Seagrass Restoration (SERESTO)

The project aims to trigger a process of aquatic angiosperm recolonizationin SIC IT3250031 "Northern Lagoon of Venice", mainly through the transplantaion of Zostera marina and Nanozostera noltii.

Project objectives are:

1. Consolidating and restoring aquatic habitat 1150* via transplantaion of submerged aquatic angiosperms;

2. Contributing to the achievement of good ecological status in transitional water bodies, demonstrating the effectiveness of the proposed measures in terms of meeting the objectives set by the Water Framework Directive (Dir. 2000/60/EC);

3. Quantifying the ecosystem servivìces provided by the lagoon environment and the aquatic angiosperm of habitat 1150* in particular.

Web site www.lifeseresto.eu
Type of cooperation Organisation of joint events, exchange of information, participation to events organized by both projects.



Programme LIFE Nature 2012
Project Title and Acronym Venice integrated management of intertidal environments (VIMINE)

The LIFE VIMINE project aims to define and implement an integrated approach to the protection of salt marshes from erosion and landscape management in the northern part of the Venice Lagoon.

The project realizes micro low-impact bioengineering works to protect few critical eroding spots on the salt marshes borders, to stop erosion before it degenerates, assigning a key role to the design, monitoring and maintenance phases of protection works.

Web site www.lifevimine.eu
Type of cooperation Organisation of joint events, participation to events organized by both projects, exchange of information.


Programme Initiative
Project Title and Acronym Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI)
Summary The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gears worldwide. The GGGI aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals and safeguard human health and livelihoods. Founded on the best available science and technology, the GGGI is the first initiative dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gears at a global scale. The GGGI's stregth lies in the diversity of its participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Every participant has a critical role to play to mitigate ghost gears locally, regionally and globally.
Web site www.ghostgear.org
Type of cooperation Invitation to project events as speakers, exchange of information and data, cooperation in "Building Evidence" working group.


Programme Initiative
Project Title and Acronym SOSREDES
Summary With this initiative, which constitutes the first to be launched in Spain in general and in the Marine Demarcation of the Strait and Alboran in particular, it is intended to highlight the ghost fishing problem, and to initialize the characterization and assessment of the incidence of the ALDFGs that are mainly present in the infralitoral zone of Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) belonging to this zone. A series of actions have been started to raise awareness, collect information and recover this type of debris, if it affects priority species or ecosystems.
Website www.sosredes.org
Type of cooperation Exchange of information and data, cooperation in "Building Evidence" working grooup


Programme LIFE+
Project Title and Acronym Mitigation of microplastic impact caused by textile washing processes (MERMAIDS)
Summary The project aim is to mitigate the environmental impact of micro and nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry wastewater on European (sea) ecosystems. It does so by demostrating and implementing innovative techologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments. Mermaids is not dealing with developing new Technologies, but aims to apply already developed scientific-technological knowledge.
Web site


Type of cooperation Exchange of information, participation to events organized by both projets


Project Title and Acronym I GIOvani CONtano nelle Decisioni su Ambiente e salute (GIOCONDA)
Summary The mail objective of GIOCONDA is to provide European Local Authorities with an innovative methodology that effectively supports policies on Environmental and Health involving young people. The project contributes to the integration of the environmental local issues within the local health policies and, more generally, to the decision about the management and streamlining of the urban environment in terms of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Web site www.gioconda.ifc.cnr.it
Type of cooperation Exchange of information about the contingent analysis and other willingness to pay methods.


Programme LIFE+
Project Title and Acronym Autoplast Project

The project aims at developing a system for the recovery of plastic waste from automotive sector through the realisation of a pilot recycling plant, as well as the development of a network for a selective collection to be carried out in the Province of Brescia. The specific objectives of the project are the following:

  • Recovery of plastic material coming from tanks.
  • Construction and start-up of an industrial plant for transformation of the collected plastic waste in reusable material.
  • Development and organisation of a supply chain in the Province of Brescia.
  • Active involvement of a social cooperative in the activities of recovery, selection and separation of decommissioned components.
  • Use of regenerated granules in percentages higher than current situation, with a reduction in the use of virgin raw materials and a reduction of CO2 emission into the environment.
Website www.progettoautoplast.eu
Type of cooperation Exchange of information



LIFE + Programme: ec.europa.eu/environment/life/ 
European Commission DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA): oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ghostfishing.html
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): www.fao.org/fishery/topic/12354/en
Waste Free Oceans Foundation: www.wastefreeoceans.eu/
Marine Litter Network: http://marinelitternetwork.com/
World Animal Protection, Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI): www.worldanimalprotection.org/build-the-global-ghost-gear-initiative
Northwest Straits Foundation: www.derelictgear.org
Oliver Ridley Project: www.oliveridleyproject.org
GhostNets Australia: www.ghostnets.com.au/


Ministero dell’Ambiente e della tutela del territorio e del mare: www.minambiente.it
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA): www.isprambiente.gov.it
Associazione Tegnùe di Chioggia: http://www.tegnue.it/

European Projects

MARELITT: www.marelitt.eu
MARLISCO: www.marlisco.eu
SHAPE: www.shape-ipaproject.eu
CLEANSEA: www.cleansea-project.eu
DeFishGear: www.defishgear.net/
ADRIPLAN: www.adriplan.eu
PLASTIX: www.plastixglobal.com
SeResto: http://www.lifeseresto.eu/
VIMINE: www.lifevimine.eu
TartaLife: www.tartalife.eu





Expected results

Quali saranno i risultati tangibili del progetto?

  • Miglioramento della biodiversità locale attraverso il ripristino delle funzioni di habitat naturali dopo la rimozione delle reti fantasma individuate in 20 aree selezionate.
  • Implementazione di  un database contenente tutte le informazioni disponibili sulle comunità biologiche degli habitat rocciosi nella zona costiera veneta.
  • Elaborazione di  una  valutazione preliminare del valore economico dei servizi ecosistemici forniti dall'habitat Tegnùe al fine di individuare e quantificare i principali impatti risultanti dalla rimozione delle reti fantasma.
  • Elaborazione di  un protocollo tecnico finalizzato a fornire adeguati strumenti di gestione delle reti fantasma nelle zone costiere.
  • Presentazione di una proposta di Regolamento che stabilisca misure di gestione della problematica delle reti fantasma sia dal punto di vista della prevenzione che della mitigazione, come primo passo verso l'adozione di uno strumento legislativo specifico a livello regionale.
  • Sensibilizzazione delle  categorie interessate (stakeholder) circa gli impatti delle reti fantasma sull'ambiente marino.
  • Trasmissione delle informazioni utili ad identificare metodi di gestione da condividere con altri progetti europei impegnati su tematiche simili.






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