An AIMPLAS project plans to develop technology to prevent the loss and abandonment of fishing gear and to facilitate recovery.
The plastics organization has also begun research on chemical and mechanical recycling processes that can be implemented to make use of these fishing nets to produce sportswear and other textile products, AIMPLAS says.
Initial chemical recycling tests are currently being performed on polyamide nets to obtain fibers that could be used to produce sportswear. For other kinds of fishing nets, AIMPLAS plans to develop mechanical recycling and compounding processes to help improve the properties of the material so that it can be used in different applications.
The Oceanets project is reportedly in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and has been funded by the European Union European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EASME).
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