AQUA-LIT North Sea Learning Lab | Flanders Marine Institute

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AQUA-LIT North Sea Learning Lab

How can the aquaculture sector contribute to reducing marine litter in the North Sea? This question will be tackled on the AQUA-LIT Learning Lab. Stakeholders involved in the North Sea aquaculture sector will assemble in Oostende (Belgium) on 26 November 2019 for an interactive workshop. In addition to aquaculture producers, we also welcome people who focus on waste management, environmental protection, business and product development active in the North Sea region. The Learning Lab will be facilitated using a participatory method in order to encourage knowledge sharing and co-creation and to develop a mutually valued and acceptable toolbox, which could become exemplary and point out the path for other sectors.


The objectives of the Learning Lab are to:

  • Federate and engage stakeholder communities in preventing, reducing, monitoring, quantifying, removing and recycling marine litter from aquaculture operations;
  • Facilitate the adoption of successful existing solutions through capacity building;
  • Explore the potential of innovative solutions to marine litter reduction, removal and recycling;
  • Improve the understanding of the specific needs of stakeholders to maximise the impacts of the project.

Expected outcomes

Participating stakeholders will co-design tools for preventing, reducing, monitoring, quantifying removing and recycling marine litter (e.g. polystyrene floats, plastic ropes, food sacks, buoys, etc.). They will make use of their experience, best practice, lessons learnt to share, assess and select the existing tools or design new ones.


09:00-09:30    Welcome + Coffee

09:30-10:20    Plenary Session

  • Introduction to AQUA-LIT (Fien De Raedemaecker, VLIZ)
  • State of play of non-organic litter from the aquaculture sector (Matthias Sandra, VLIZ)
  • Policy measures that help reduce the marine litter (Herlinde Van Houtte, FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Marine Environment Service) 
  • Objectives of the Learning Lab and expected outcomes (Fien De Raedemaecker)            

10:20-11:00    Round table Part 1
Interactive workshop where participants will work in groups to identify and assess solutions and methodologies from three perspectives:

  • Table 1 – How can the aquaculture industry be more effective in preventing and reducing its non-organic waste?
  • Table 2 – How can the aquaculture sector be more effective in monitoring and quantifying its non-organic waste?
  • Table 3 – How can the aquaculture sector be more effective in removing and recycling its non-organic waste?

11:00-11:15     Coffee break

11:15-11:45     Round table Part 2

11:45-12:15     Round table Part 3

12:15-13:00     Plenary Summary Session

  • Presentation of results by 3 rapporteurs
  • Discussion & wrap-up

13:00-14:00    Lunch break


Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende, Belgium
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Registration is free, but obligatory:

More information on the goals and programme of the Learning Lab can be found on the website of the AQUA-LIT project:

This project has received from the European Union’s EASME-EMFF funding programme under grant agreement EASME/EMFF/2017/