The Swedish authorities are supporting efforts to map and retrieve lost fishing gear with an initiative open to state bodies, regions, municipalities, universities, universities, scientific institutes, trade associations, POs, associations and foundations in partnership with trade associations, which can apply for support and co-financing.
Funding comes from the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund, via the Swedish Agricultural Agency. In order for support to be granted, national co-financing is required, for which HaV is now providing opportunities.
Grants are available for identifying areas where fishing gear has been lost, as well as for retrieving lost gear.
‘We want to support efforts that can improve the marine environment. Old fishing gear left in seas and lakes can, so-called ghost nets, continue to catch and ensnare birds, fish, shellfish and porpoises year after year. Lost gear also contributes to microplastic emissions,’ said HaV researcher Lisa Bredahl Nerdal, who has a government assignment to collect and recycle fishing gear.
HaV’s contribution can constitute a maximum of 30% of the eligible costs of each project. A total of SEK1.5 million is available to applied for from HaV. Co-financing can only be allocated for one year and the money must be spent in 2023.
‘The opportunity to apply for support exists as long as the money lasts and only during 2023. We also offer those who receive support training so that they can work smartly, sustainably and cost-effectively,’ Lisa Bredahl Nerdal said.