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LIFE Ghost - Techniques to reduce the impacts of ghost fishing gears and to improve biodiversity in north Adriatic coastal areas

LIFE12 BIO/IT/000556


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Contact details:

Contact person: Luisa Da Ros
Tel: 390412404731
Fax: 390412407940
Email: luisa.daros@ismar.cnr.it



Project description:

Background

The increasing frequency of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) at sea is having a growing impact on coastal habitats (UNEP/FAO 2009). Nevertheless, estimates of the impact of ALDFG on biodiversity and the economy are scarce and little has been done to reduce this problem. Concrete measures are necessary to recover and improve biodiversity, especially in habitats affected by fishing activities, such as trawling. The rocky habitats of the northern Adriatic are rich in biodiversity, making them an appropriate area for demonstrating restoration measures.


Objectives

The project aimed to promote concrete measures to restore and preserve the ecological status of the rocky habitats located in the northern Adriatic Sea.

It would assess the impact of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) on biodiversity in the rocky habitats along the coast of the Veneto Region. The project also proposed to estimate the economic value of the ecosystem restoration achieved by removing and/or reducing ALDFG.


Results

The LIFE GHOST project fully achieved its objectives of measuring and reducing the impact of ALDFG on biodiversity in the rocky habitats along the Veneto Region coast. It also successfully proposed and promoted measures for habitat restoration, and estimated the socio-economic benefits resulting from removal of fishing gear.

The project monitored 2 124 ha of coastal marine bottom, mapped 17 rocky outcrops (tegnùe), and cleaned up 8.16 ha of reefs and 125 ha of artificial rocky structures.

43 dives were needed to recover one half ton of ALDFG material during 36 recovery campaigns, which was then qualitativel and quantitatively analysed.

The project produced a code of conduct and a proposal for a regulation, whose indications were approved (in part) by the former Province of Venice and are under formal consideration by the regional government of Veneto.

The project restored or improved habitat conditions in all five monitored habitats, measured via biodiversity indices.

It also measured the economic value of the biodiversity improvement using the ‘willingness to pay’ method. This was estimated at 82 million euros for the duration of the project, compared to €330 000 necessary to prevent further habitat damage.

The treatment and recycling technologies identified by GHOST, if developed at industrial scale, may offer future opportunities to recover and recycle ALDFG into new resources for other economic sectors.

The project also created operational guidelines for fishing operators and local authorities, including in a hands-on manual, in Italian, English, Slovenian, and Croatian.

The problems addressed by the project were made more widely known through various media, events, newsletters and a project website.

The project’s objectives are in line with the 7th EU Environment Action Program and are directly related to the protection of the marine environmental quality (2000/60/EC) and the preservation of its ecosystems and biodiversity (2008/56/EC). The project is also relevant to policies related to fishery activities and the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources.

Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report and After-LIFE Communication Plan (see "Read more" section).


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Habitats - Coastal
Industry-Production - Fisheries


Keywords

restoration measure‚  fishing industry‚  marine ecosystem‚  biodiversity‚  coastal area


Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...
  • Water
  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • Marine environment and Coasts
  • Directive 2008/56 - Framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (M ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Type of organisation Research institution
Description The Institute of Marine Sciences of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISMAR) was established in 2001. Its main focus is on the scientific study of the sea, coastal areas, lagoons, and other water bodies, including studies and research projects dealing with physical and chemical oceanography, geology and geophysics, fisheries and aquaculture, aquatic ecosystems, the biology and reproduction of aquatic organisms and crustacean stock enhancement.
Partners Laguna Project s.n.c., Italy Università IUAV di Venezia, Italy

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Project reference LIFE12 BIO/IT/000556
Duration 01-JUL-2013 to 31-OCT -2016
Total budget 1,127,020.00 €
EU contribution 544,763.00 €
Project location Veneto(Italia)

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Read more:

Brochure "TECHNIQUES TO REDUCE THE IMPACTS OF GHOST FISHING GEARS AND TO IMPROVE BIODIVERSITY IN NORTH ADRIATIC COASTAL AREAS" (third version)
Brochure "TECHNIQUES TO REDUCE THE IMPACTS OF GHOST FISHING GEARS AND TO IMPROVE BIODIVERSITY IN NORTH ADRIATIC COASTAL AREAS" (second version)
Brochure "TECHNIQUES TO REDUCE THE IMPACTS OF GHOST FISHING GEARS AND TO IMPROVE BIODIVERSITY IN NORTH ADRIATIC COASTAL AREAS"
Newsletter Newsletter Ghost News - Giugnio 2014
Newsletter Newsletter Ghost News - Giugno 2016
Newsletter Newsletter Ghost News - Dicembre 2015
Newsletter Newsletter Ghost News - Giugnio 2015
Newsletter Newsletter Ghost News - Dicembre 2014
Poster Notice board of the project (Italian version)
Poster "UNDERSTANDING RESIDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF MARINE BIO ...
Press article Rassegna stampa
Press article "PROGETTI LIFE IN LAGUNA DI VENEZIA E NELL’ALTO AD ...
Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Project's Facebook page
Publication: After-LIFE Communication Plan After-LIFE Communication Plan
Publication: After-LIFE Communication Plan After-LIFE Communication Plan
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Hands-on Manual to prevent and reduce abandoned f ...
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Hands-on Manual to prevent and reduce abandoned f ...
Publication: Guidelines-Manual "Hands-on Manual to prevent and reduce abandoned f ...
Publication: Layman report Layman report
Publication: Layman report Layman report (Italian version)
Publication: Research findings "PRIMI DATI SULLE RETI FANTASMA NELLA FASCIA COSTI ...
Publication: Technical report LIFE-GHOST - Final Publication
Publication: Technical report Project's Final technical report
Video link Project's video (9')
Video link "Ghost fishing"(4')
Video link "Ghost nets: How to clean up the seas" (4')

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