BLUENET will set up a programme for recycling abandoned, lost or discarded fishing and aquaculture gear: recovering gear from the sea and using it as raw material to manufacture new gear.
BLUENET aims at reducing, by the end of 2020, the marine litter from sea-based sources and from the SE Bay of Biscay by 20-40 %. The sources to be investigated are aquaculture and fishing, and the amount and harmfulness of marine litter produced by their Abandoned, Lost or Discarded Fishing Gears (ADLFG). This will be achieved by: (1) promoting the proactivity of the sectors in combating marine litter, through ocean literacy; (2) preventing the intentional and unintentional disposal of nets and ropes at the sea; (3) facilitating the recovery of nets and ropes to fishers and operators; and (4) upcycling of these nets and ropes by recycling and using them as raw recycled materials for manufacturing new fishing and aquaculture gears, closing the loop on the circular economy. To do so, fishing nets and aquaculture long-line ropes will be recovered and recycled, under the motto “locally wasted, locally recovered”.
A self -sustaining program for recycling abandoned, lost and discarded fishing and aquaculture gears will be established in the Basque region (SE Bay of Biscay, Spain). For that 5 fishing vessels (1 trawlers, 2 purse seiners, 2 artisanal vessels), 4 fishing ports will be equipped with fishing gears collection bins, and alternative and sustainable designs for fishing and aquaculture gears, and design for sustainability of gears will be promoted (i.e. designs with less materials, use of more environmentally-friendly materials, inclusion of recycled materials, facilitating the recycling at the end of their use stage). The removal and recycling of fishing and aquaculture gears made of Polyethylene, Polyamide and Polypropylene are the focus to boosting the local circular economy from and for these sectors.