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Posted 2019-10-30 11:30:50 by Admin

Fishing gear is estimated to represent 27% of marine litter with more than 26,000 km of gear lost in the English Channel area each year. With an estimated lifetime of several hundreds of years, the impacts on marine wildlife can be devastating. The persistence of lost and discarded fishing gear in the environment could be reduced by the use of biodegradeable equipment with a controlled life span, however there is currently a lack of such products for use in the fishing and aquaculture sectors.

Led by the University of South Brittany, the INdIGO project will reduce long-lasting plastic waste in the Channel area through the development of biodegradable fishing gear, as well as improving habitat quality and maintaining biodiversity.

Six research organisations (Universities of South Brittany, Plymouth and Portsmouth, IFREMER, CEFAS and SMEL) and four private partners (NaturePlast, Filt, IRMA and Marine South East) are collaborating in the development of prototype biodegradable fishing gear leading to subsequent adoption by the commercial fishing industry. The project will also work to improve the prevention and management of pollution generated during manufacture and develop an application to locate fishing gear that is already lost.

The INdIGO project covers all aspects of net development including the supply chain, manufacturing, prototype development, testing and technical and economic analysis. Progress and outcomes will be communicated to end-users, manufacturers, the scientific community, public authorities and the general public to raise awareness about the impacts of discarded fishing gear on our marine ecosystems and the solutions being developed by INdIGO.

INdIGO is a European project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Interreg France (Channel) programme. The project will run until 2023 and has a total budget of Euro 4.2M.

For more information on the INdIGO project please visit the project website at:

To be kept information of the project as well as events and opportunities please sign up to the INdIGO Interest Group at: