Fishing nets are disposed of in huge quantities. Annual volume in the Netherlands amounts to 150-225 tons. Nets lose their function and are mainly discarded because of their shape loss. But the material quality is still good at their end of life after one year.
Currently there is no good incentive to deliver and collect end of life fishing nets. Existing recycling initiatives almost all concern polyamide fiber based nets, which is not a possible route for the nets in this project. The Foundation World Healthy Ocean Netherlands intends to develop an (inter-) national hub to reprocess nets in a sustainable and economically viable way. Funded by SIA (KIEM VANG) Saxion investigates the economic feasibility of recycling fishing nets into granules. In addition, multiple solutions shall be developed for reusing fishing nets, in order to gain more added value.