The Argolic Environment Foundation is supporting the NGO Enaleia in its ambitious efforts to tackle the growing problem of marine plastic pollution in Greek seas and beyond through its Mediterranean Clean Up programme.
For fishers in the Argolic Gulf, the proper disposal of old nets and other used fishing gear is a challenge. Such waste often ends up in poorly regulated or illegal landfills, or worse, at the bottom of the sea where it continues to harm marine life as “ghost nets”.
The grant awarded by the AEF will help Enaleia expand its operations in the Argolic Gulf in 2022, implementing used fishing gear collection and recycling solutions in partnership with marine authorities, ‘blue economy’ leaders and the local fishing communities.
Specifically, solutions will be provided to local fishers in Spetses, Hydra, Koilada and other fishing ports in the Argolic Gulf. Enaleia will collect used fishing gear and potentially other ocean-bound plastic with the aim of facilitating the integration of this waste material into the circular economy as it is up-cycled and recycled into new products.
The collected used fishing gear will be transported to the Netherlands and Spain and processed in cooperation with the project’s partners, Healthy Seas and Gravity Wave. It is expected that almost all the collected material will be recycled / upcycled.
Through this close collaboration with local fishers, the project will also help raise awareness about the problem of marine plastic pollution in the Argolic Gulf, the damage caused by ghost nets, and the goal of achieving plastic-free seas.