Fishing the Plastic

Fishing the Plastic

The Business as Nature Fishing the Plastic project is one of the six winning projects in the "Small Grants Scheme - Projects for the prevention and awareness raising for the reduction of marine waste", funded by the EEA Grants Environment Programme, which received 24 applications. The project was presented in partnership with the Municipality of Ovar

Considering the importance that the activities of the fishing communities represent in the flow of plastic in the oceans and how their action can contribute to its reduction, the project intends to focus primarily on this target, involving also other groups that develop a special interaction with the sea and that have potential to contribute to the production of plastic waste and plastic of single use.

Business as Nature in partnership with the Municipality of Ovar, aims to reach a wide and diverse universe of audiences, such as fishing communities, school communities, holidaymakers, catering, sports, recreational and leisure activities associated with fishing and the sea, and the general population.

The project will develop a variety of awareness-raising, training, and playfulness, to achieve greater awareness of the issue of reduction of plastics in marine debris, such as:

- UpCycling Workshops using the technology of the Plastic machine - Fishermen's Families and associations

- Challenge and short Competition "3 DAYS WITHOUT PLASTIC" - 3rd cycle

- Training "SCHOOL ambassadors" - dedicated to young adolescent girls - 3rd cycle

- Photo Contest "OUT PLASTIC" - 2nd cycle

- Drawing Contest “FISHING THE PLASTIC” - Pre-School and 1st Cycle

- "CONSTRUCTION OF GARBAGE BOXES FOR RECYCLING" workshop, made with single-use plastic (e.g. bottles) - Pre-School and 1st Cycle

- “BEACH CLEANING” campaigns to collect waste and characterize it – general population

- “MICROPLASTIC OBSERVATION” campaign in the sand and in marine species - action on the beach during the bathing season - general population

- Plastics audits and Action Plan - Catering and Beverage Establishments

- Holidaymakers / Customers Awareness (-Street theatre - "Plastic in the oceans - The clogged turtle" - Distribution of materials - reusable bottles, cloth bags; - Placement of beach drinking fountains) - Catering and Beverage Establishments

- Implementation of Collecting Actions, Upcycling of Marine Plastic and Commercialization of the upcycling products, with fishing communities - training / awareness, provision of proper containers for segregation of marine waste, production of plastic objects with the collected plastic waste and the marketing model to sell the objects produced by upcycling plastic waste with financial return to the community.

More details about the project can be found here.

The Environment Programme supports this project within the scope of the Small Grant Scheme # 1, which aims to finance projects that focus on priority areas for reducing plastics in the oceans and promoting awareness of the challenges related to plastics in the oceans and proposing solutions.

Under the EEA Grants 2014-2021, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as donor Countries, finance, in 15 Member States of the European Union, initiatives and projects with the objective of reducing social and economic disparities by strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary Countries.

Know more about EEA Grants.