The Waste Agency of Catalonia, the Fishermen's Association of Barcelona and the Port of Barcelona are promoting the Marviva project, an initiative to characterize the marine garbage that fishermen collect in their networks during a work day. Since 2015 the fishing boats of the Fishermen's Association have wanted to adhere to deposit each marine garbage in a container, whose content is weighed, quantified, photographed and classified. In this task also the clinging vessels are involved, although not in the same way for logistics reasons. Subsequently, the already characterized waste will be managed separately, prioritizing the recovery.
The objective of the project is to know the type, characteristics and also the origin of this pollution, and to raise the awareness of the general public, and the fishermen in particular, on this problem. The project aims to extend to the rest of the fishing ports of Catalonia with the objective of establishing routines of collaboration between professional fishermen and the port personnel of coastal municipalities that are in charge of waste management. The marine garbage is a great threat to marine life, commercial fishing, tourism and sea transport, since they can have consequences such as the degradation of water quality, which affects the fauna and flora; the decline in fishing catch; the introduction of contaminants in the whole trophic chain; the impact on the image of the zones #Marvivabcn