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Odyssey Innovation selected as one of the primary research stakeholders in a revolutionary cross-channel project tackling fishing gear in the marine environment.

The University of Plymouth announced a new cross-Channel research project last week (6th November 2019) which aims to clear our oceans of plastic pollution and looks to prevent marine plastics from infiltrating our waters in the future.

To achieve their aim, scientists and various private recycling stakeholders (including Odyssey Innovation) in England and France are set to investigate a number of areas. One of which is to work on developing biodegradable fishing gear that can be used by both small and large boats throughout the industry. 

INdiGO is a European project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Interreg France (Channel) France (Manche) England programme.
INdiGO is a European project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Interreg France (Channel) France (Manche) England programme.

The project will cover the production chain of the fishing gear from formulation, filament manufacturing, to prototype net development. The deployment of the net at sea, durability tests, technical and economic analysis will then be undertaken. A life-cycle analysis will be completed to avoid pollution transfer.

The involvement of SMEs will ensure the economic sustainability of the project by exploiting the results of the project. This expertise of the sector will enable INdIGO to develop products that are adapted to the needs of the market and competitive with current alternatives, while reducing their impact on the environment.

The project has 10 partners in the UK and France and is led by the Université de Bretagne Sud in Brittany. It has a budget of €4.3m, €2.9m coming from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France Channel England Programme. The expected duration of the research will be 3 years and 9 months. 

Read more here and here.

07 November 2019

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