“Relieving the Northern Lebanese Mediterranean Sea coast from abandoned nylon fishnets”
|A. PROJECT DETAILS|
|Project name||Relieving the Northern Lebanese Mediterranean Sea coast from abandoned nylon fishnets|
|Location (Country + additional detail)||Lebanon, North Lebanon, Akkar|
|Funder||Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation – BEMED initiative|
|Start and end date of grant||01.03.17 – 30.06.18|
|Budget||29 747 Euros|
|Type of report||Final report|
|Reporting time period (dd.mm.yy-dd.mm.yy)||01.03.17 – 30.06.18|
Fig 1 : Akkar region: aerial view of the area and its shore.
The Lebanese coast and sea are polluted by all kinds of plastic remains. One of the pollutants that exist on the Lebanese coast is the presence of the leftover of the Nylon fishnets that are spread all over the Lebanese sea and coast. Those fish nets can be recycled and reused in other plastic production. Fishermen are not aware of the dangers of the left over fishnets or don’t know what to do with the torn ones that cannot be repaired. And this problem is growing bigger especially with the big numbers of left over fishnets.
This topic is not treated by any of the organizations working in North Lebanon and especially Akkar (fig1). This is why our initiative intends to raise the awareness of fisherman concerning the nylon fishnets left over in the sea and shore and implement the collection and recycling of the abandoned fishnets.
The initiative worked on 2 levels:
· The lack of awareness between fishermen on what to do with unused fishnets
Fig 2 : Abandoned fishnets
|Project results/ project status|
|SG 1 : Raising awareness of fishermen on the dangers of the left over nylon fishnets.|
Raising awareness of fishermen was the first phase of the project.
The aim is to sensitize the fishermen on the dangers of the abandoned fishnets (fig2). To be able to do that, a flyer (fig 3)was prepared and printed with info on it and was disseminated to fishermen in the targeted area. The flyer was made in simple Arabic with descriptive photos for illiterate people, informing them about the dangers of the leftover fishnets and how plastic materials thrown in the sea will arrive back to their eating table through fish, and how they can get rid of the fishnets through putting them in boxes that we’ve put in the port close to them.
Fig 3 : Leaflet on the project that was distributed to fishermen.
To be able to identify the fisherman in the region, a meeting was conducted with the fishermen cooperative in the region where we were provided with a list of all fishermen. 100 names were chosen randomly to participate in the awareness sessions. Fishermen were contacted and their presence was confirmed for attending the sessions.
5 awareness sessions were conducted in the Abdeh fishing port at the fishermen cooperative premises. The venue was chosen in the closest place to them. And this helped them in attending as they didn’t have to lose time for displacement.
The session included an overview of the situation of the northern sea and seaside of Lebanon and fishermen were informed about the pollution made by plastic leftovers in the sea in general and mainly the abandonned fishnets.
An interactive session followed where fishermen shared with us their views of the situation and their problems.
A total of 100 participants attended the 5 sessions.
Attendance sheets were signed too.
We asked them at the end not to throw their torn fishnets in the sea but instead to put them in the wooden containers that we installed for this purpose in the fishing port.
At the end of each training, rolls of fishing threads were distributed to all participants. Those threads are usually used to repair torn fishnets. They were considered as an incentive for their attendance.
|SG2 : Implementing the collection of the abandoned nylon fishnets|
The collection of the abandoned fishnets started after the first awareness session made to the fishermen. Collection boxes were manufactured and transferred to the port.
They were spread at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the port area so that fishermen would have easy access to them to put their torn fishnets.
Fishnets were collected from the port boxes on a weekly basis and they were transferred to the Lebanese Developers center where they were cleaned from all garbage and stored in big boxes to be shredded later on.