The Circular Ocean competition is searching for innovative ways to transform plastics from disused fishing nets, ropes and components (FNRCs) into new products.

A 36-month project, the Circular Ocean initiative is backed by the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme. It seeks to generate enterprising solutions for FNRCs among the local communities left facing the clean up cost.

“The goal of Circular Ocean Innovation Competition 2018 is to engage global creative and technical communities to provide radical, inspiring and fresh ideas and solutions related to the re-use and recycling of discarded and used plastics from FNRCs in the NPA region. The Competition aims to act as a catalyst that can motivate and empower remote communities to develop sustainable and green business opportunities utlising waste FNRCs that will generate and retain income and jobs within local regions,” the competition website states. “The Circular Ocean Innovation Competition is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 14 Life Below Water.”

The Competition is backed by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Zero Waste Scotland.

Applications need to be submitted by 1 June.