Albufeira and Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) join Docapesca, becoming one of the 20 Portuguese ports to be part of “Fishing for a Sea Without Garbage”: with the mission to improve waste management on board fishing vessels and reduce marine litter on the Portuguese coast, promoting the improvement of environmental conditions.
In Albufeira, Docapesca has as partners the Association of Fishing Professionals of Albufeira (APPA), the Municipality of Albufeira and Algar – Valorization and Treatment of Solid Waste, with the participation of 26 vessels and 48 fishermen.
In Vila Real de Santo António, there are eight participating vessels and 17 fishermen.
“Fishing for a Sea Without Garbage” is a project integrated into one of Portugal's voluntary commitments, within the scope of the United Nations' Sustainable Development 14-Oceans objective. «Promoting the selective collection of waste generated on board and captured in fishing gear, providing adequate infrastructure for reception and recovery on land are the main objectives», says Docapesca in a press release.
So far, more than 4692 square meters of undifferentiated waste and more than 2185 cubic meters of packaging have been collected, the result of the work of 931 vessels, 3953 fishermen, 55 partner entities and 29 producer organizations and shipowners' associations.
“Fishing for a Sea Without Garbage” was a project implemented in 2016 in the port of Peniche. In 2017, the ports of Culatra and Aveiro joined, followed by Figueira da Foz and Sesimbra, in 2018, Póvoa de Varzim, Setúbal, Matosinhos, Sagres, Portimão, Quarteira, Olhão, Nazaré and Sines in 2019 and Lagos, Viana do Castelo and Cascais in 2020.
The last port to make the list, before Albufeira and VRSA was Ericeira, in 2022.
Docapesca – Portos e Lotas SA is a limited liability company, with exclusively public capital, which is part of the state business sector, under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Finance.