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The INdIGO project is holding its closing event on 22nd March 2023 in Lorient and also online.

Funded since the end of 2019 by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, INdIGO has led to various actions aimed at reducing marine plastic pollution from the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The aim of this closing event is to present and disseminate the results of the project to fisheries and aquaculture professionals and any other organisation interested in the subject.

The programme includes presentations by the INdIGO project partners. Experts from outside the project are also invited to explain their work in order to enrich the presentations and exchanges.


Some interventions are still being confirmed. The full programme will be available soon.

08:45  Welcome

09:00  Introduction and presentation of the INdIGO project


  • Yves Grohens – Director of ComposiTIC, Vice President Innovation of the Université Bretagne Sud
  • Lysiane Métayer – Member of Parliament for Morbihan Lorient-Groix (Member of the National Defence and Armed Forces Committee)
  • Presentation of the INdIGO project – Claire Allanos, INdIGO project manager

09:45  Overview of plastic pollution

  • Plastic pollution of oceans
    • Presentation of the Clean Atlantic project – Morgan Le Moigne, Researcher at Ifremer 
    • Presentation of the citizen science programme results Fish&Click – Marie Morfin, Researcher at Ifremer
  • Socio-economic impacts
    • Ben Drakeford, Senior Lecturer for Fisheries Economics and Management at the University of Portsmouth
    • Elena Mengo, Environmental Social Scientist at CEFAS
  • Tests in real-life conditions
    • How to promote the transition from a traditional practice to sustainable practices: from acceptability to appropriation of a biodegradable fishing gear in the fishing activity – Tabatha Thiebaut Rizzoni, PhD student at the University of South Brittany -LabSTICC
    • Esther Savina, Researcher in fisheries technology at the Technical University of Denmark

Presentation of alternative solutions

11:30  Recycling of fishing gear

  • Implementation of extended producer Responsibility – Mathilde Guéguen, Maritime Cooperative
  • Development of fishing gear recycling schemes in the UK and France in the Channel area – Laurence Hégron Macé, Head of Maritime Fisheries at SMEL and Amanda Burton, Research Associate in Engineering Design at Plymouth University

 12:30  Lunch break

14:00 Alternatives in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors 

  • The making of withy lobster pot – Sarah Ready, female fisherman from the south of England
  • Alternative materials to limit plastic pollution – Louis Le Gué and Peter Davies from Ifremer Brest
  • Intervention of the company Le Drezen, manufacturer of fishing nets

15:00 The manufacture of biodegradable fishing net prototypes

  • Morgan Deroiné, R&D engineer in biodegradable materials and scientific coordinator of INdIGO – University of South Brittany/IRMA and Pauline Moreau, project manager at NaturePlast
  • Filt1860, manufacture of prototype mussel nets – Jean-Phillipe & Catherine Cousin, President and chief executive officer of Filt

16:00 Environmental impact assessment

  • The impact of micro-plastics on the embryo-larval model oyster – Arno Bringer, PhD in ecotoxycology at the Qualyse laboratory
  • Study of the degradation and biodegradation of biodegradable materials – Dalyal Copin, Environmental Impact Engineer at the Regional Institute for Advanced Materials
  • Accelerated ageing and microplastics – Adil Bakir, Marine Litter Scientist at CEFAS
  • Life Cycle Analysis – Owais Raja, Head of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Plymouth

17:30  Future prospects and conclusion


Time: 8.45am – 6pm

Location: Cité de la voile, La Base, Lorient (France)

Access: Access | Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly ( 

Event in French and English.

Free registration.


33(0)2 97 55 08 70

For full details and registration information please click here.