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NetTag participates in Spain and is led by the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine and Environmental Research of Portugal (CIIMAR)

Vigo fishermen 'on the hunt' for driftnets

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Thursday, May 02, 2019, 21:40 (GMT + 9)

Fishermen from the Fishing Shipowners Cooperative of the Port of Vigo (ARVI) will develop a tool to locate drift nets, collect them and contribute to their recycling by the textile sector, within the framework of the 'Oceannets' project.

The initiative seeks to prevent the loss of fishing nets and to evaluate the possibility of using unusable gear and other waste after recycling them to produce quality textile fibers with which to manufacture new textile products and, thus, reduce the environmental impact waste in the marine environment and generate a potential economic benefit.

Some drift nets can measure 20 km long.
 

Marine waste generates a negative environmental impact due to the production of plastic waste and phantom fishing. The project started at the beginning of 2019 and will end at the end of 2020.
 
In particular, a tool or application will be developed to locate lost gear that will be integrated into nautical charts and will serve to detect hitch zones due to the presence of bulky items or gear.
 
In this way, the fishermen integrated in ARVI - the largest fishermen's organization in Spain and Europe - will participate through the recovery of these nets as well as in the recycling tasks of those that can not be repaired, which will be transformed into textile fibers of high quality.


 
This is the second environmental project in which the shipowners' association participates after 'NetTag', which also focuses on reducing marine debris generated by the fishing sector by recovering 'ghost nets' after the development of a technological application and on training fishermen to properly manage the waste on board.
 
NetTag participates in Spain and is led by the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine and Environmental Research of Portugal (CIIMAR). Thus, Portuguese and Spanish fishermen will carry this application designed by the University of New Castleen that will develop autonomous vehicles so that their recovery is viable.


 
NetTag also contemplates analyzing the environmental impact of fishing nets for what it will evaluate its impact in different areas of the Galician and Portuguese coast. The initiative also includes a socioeconomic study that evaluates the cost-benefit of implementing these devices.
 
Furthermore, this project will promote good practices on board in the management of the waste generated during the fishing activity, for which in the next two years it will work with the crew of fishing vessels in the northwest of Portugal and Galicia.
 
Within the framework of the initiative at the end of the project, the 'Clean Ocean Day' will be held, with which fishing gear will be collected to know the type and quantity of marine debris currently generated by fishing activity and acoustic locators will be tested. the robots to recover the materials lost in the sea.
 
Managing director of ARVI Antonio Suárez-Llanos pointed out that the sector wants to be involved in the care and cleaning of the seas to develop a "sustainable, responsible and committed" fishing activity with the protection of all species and the marine environment.
 

Source: Europa Press

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