- PROGRAMEuropean Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)/EASME – Call for Proposal (Sustainable Blue Economy S2 MARINE LITTER)
- DURATION24 months (01/01/2019 – 31/12/2020)
- GRANT AGREEMENTEASME/EMFF/2017/188.8.131.52/S2/04/SI2.789391
- TOTAL BUDGET587 250€
- FRCT BUDGET223 026€
Preventive measures for averting the discarding of litter in the marine environment from the aquaculture industry
Aim of the project
AQUA-LIT’s main objective is to provide the aquaculture sector with a toolbox that can provide existing, upcoming and already implemented tools, case studies, best practices, a database and links between stakeholders for addressing the 3 main components of marine littering: prevention & reduction, monitoring & quantification, and removal & recycling.
The toolbox will be focused on three sea basins: the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea regions and it will be accessible through an online platform and a mobile app.
Furthermore, AQUA-LIT will assess the current policies and give policy recommendations for better decision-making in the aquaculture sector, create a transferability plan for sharing all the results and knowledge obtained to EU overseas territories, like the Azores, and it will create an exploitation strategy for setting up local working groups that can ensure the sustainability of the project after its termination
Impact on the Azores Region
As part of this project, a set of tools (toolbox) for the aquaculture sector will be created in order to address the three main components of marine litter – prevention and reduction, monitoring and quantification & removal and recycling, which can be implemented in the Azores region. In addition, it will assess current policies and make policy recommendations to assist in better strategic decision-making for the aquaculture sector.