Manager: Angela Cuttitta


External funds: funded by Regional Department of Mediterranean Fisheries of Sicily Region, on PO FEAMP 2014/2020, measure 1.40

Keywords:  phishing, plastic



The aim of the Pescaplastica project is to develop a virtuous model for the management and use of marine waste, fully implementing the concept of circular economy.

The project is aimed at the use of marinas in monitoring and contributing to the collection of Marine Litter, starting from the idea that waste is also a valuable resource in the field of energy production.

In this perspective, the project envisages the construction of a small-scale pyrolysis plant to process mixed plastic waste with low sorting and pre-treatment to obtain hydrocarbon liquid consisting of "base polymers", to be reconverted into petrol or diesel oil substitutes.

Through such a plant it will be possible to carry out actions to enhance quayside activities that, through a local waste governance system, can generate useful mechanisms to face the problems related to the disposal of landed material, while promoting an interesting economic-productive spin-off at a local level.

Specific objectives

The project has the following specific objectives

  • to raise awareness and inform fishery operators on the opportunities related to the development of "plastic fishing" chains in line with the Blue Economy concept
  • to enhance the knowledge, skills and competences of fishery operators involved in the creation, management and promotion of "plastic fishing" chains
  • to identify, through the involvement of fishery operators, the areas of accumulation of plastics also with a view to quantifying the debris that can potentially be taken by fishing activities;
  • optimise and engineer the on-board management phases (stowage, handling, classification) of waste fished at sea and those of collection/disposal ashore to make them compatible with the recycling/recovery activities already present on the territory;
  • experimenting with the valorisation of plastics deriving from sea fishing, through the setting up of a small-scale pyrolysis plant, monitoring its economic and environmental sustainability and assessing the measures necessary for its integration with waste governance practices implemented at municipal level.


ISMed-CNR, Palermo site (lead partner)

IPCB-CNR, Catania site

LUMSA University, Palermo Department

CSR Fisheries

OP of Trapani and Egadi Islands

Greenertech Srl

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