GGGI PROJECT: Bureo and WWF Expand Net+Positiva Program into Peru

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Project Overview

The focus of this project - a collaboration between GGGI participants Bureo and WWF - is to create a circular economy from ALDFG in Peru by building on the successful model already established by Bureo in Chile. The project will build a relationship with the fishing industry in Peru, helping to develop a path for innovative solutions that involve and benefit communities based on Bureo’s Net+Postiva model, creating a circular economy while saving marine life and sustaining the ocean’s health.

Project Goals

  • Reduce the volume of ALDFG entering the Peruvian coastline

  • Remove the existing ALDFG from Peru’s ocean

  • Provide the fishing industry an environmentally sound alternative to discarding their nets into the marine environment

  • Recycle the ALDFG that is collected into innovative products, creating sustainable business models for communities

Project Description

The first stage of the project will involve conducting an assessment of the specific impacts of ALDFG in Peru. Once this work is complete, the project activities will take place in at least 3 fishing ports which are important for both gillnet fisheries as well as purse seining for Peruvian anchovy.

Peru has the largest single species fishery in the world- the anchoveta fishery. This fishery uses purse seines, which have the best quality net for recycling into plastic raw material.  WWF-Peru already has a good relationship with two of the biggest anchoveta producers in the country, who want to reduce their impacts on the marine environment and to contribute to the sustainability of the artisanal fisheries as well. Bureo is currently working with Patagonia, Jenga, and others to create new products made out of end of life and recovered fishing nets. Their goal with this project is to increase the capacity of collection to more than 1,000 tons of ghost gear per year. If they meet this net collection goal, up to $200,000 USD could be generated for local communities.

The project will engage with the three main anchoveta fishing companies and ask them to donate their end-of-life purse seine nets to finance engagement with the artisinal gillnet fishing communities who currently have no ecologically beneficial way of disposing of end of life nets. WWF and Bureo will work together in the development of a strategy to better understand:

  • the challenges fishers face with the disposal of end of life fishing gear;

  • what would be motivating factors to change improve current disposal / discard practices;

  • what are the required capacities/resources needed to create the facilities for a systematic collection and recycling system for ALDFG.

Scoping for this project is set to begin in 2019, with implementation currently set for 2020.

GGGI ProjectJoel Baziuk