• The initiative has been launched by the Clean Landscape Association following which has edited a Guide to Waste Management and Infrastructure in Ports, targeted at those responsible for fishing and sports ports
The Marina de la Duquesa has been selected to participate in the second phase of the project for the prevention of waste generation and its inadequate disposal at sea, focused on fishing and recreation boats (BAJUREC II).
The objective of the project, launched by the Clean Landscape Association, is to improve the management of waste generated by the fisheries sector and that of recreational navigation, as well as reducing the amount of waste in coastal and sea areas.
Two ports were selected to develop this study, one fishing (Port de la Selva in Girona) and another sports car, the Port of La Duquesa. Both underwent two pilot tests to analyze the causes why users of those ports were unable to properly deposit the waste in the waste containers according to their type and characteristics.
Also, factors that conditioned the physical situation and characteristics of waste deposit infrastructures at these test ports were identified; proposals for improvement were also made that were later implemented and served as the basis for developing the Port Waste Infrastructure Management Guide, which has given an end to the second phase of the BAJUREC project. This Guide aims to extend the knowledge gained in the pilot tests to all Spanish fishing and sporting ports; collect good practices and waste management options.
For Manuel Raigón, managing director of the Port of La Duquesa, "participating in this initiative has been very enriching as anything to improve the environmental management of our ports is welcome".
Alejandro Suanes, Director of operations at the Mediterranean Marine Group, has been pleased that "one of our ports has been selected to be part of this initiative, very important to better understand and optimize practices in the management of marine waste in ports". In addition, "Thanks to this project, the port's garbage collection and recycling facilities have been renovated", suanes has pointed.
The project has been carried out with the support of the Biodiversity Foundation, Ministry for Ecological Transition, through the Pleamar Program, co-financed by the EMFF and the National Fishermen's Guild Federation.