The oceans could become submerged in plastic waste unless new material and recycling models are developed.
To spearhead the types of changes needed to protect them, the Circular Ocean project is focussed on finding solutions to deal with the huge challenge of marine waste. The three year initiative – backed by the European Regional Development Fund’s Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme – aims to unlock the potential in discarded fishing nets and ropes. The area involved incorporates countries including Scotland, Ireland, Norway and Iceland.
In July the Circular Ocean programme is hosting its innovation conference in Reykjavik. Stakeholders from the group will join with representatives from business and creative industries to discuss innovative ideas for refashioning Fishing Nets & Rope (FNR’s) waste.
The two-day conference is free and will take place on 17 and 18 July.