Circular Ocean Final Seminar

Date:   4th September 2018

Location:   Vertigo @ County Hall, Cork, Ireland


The last of Circular Ocean’s public events will take place from 9:00am on Tuesday, September 4th in Cork, Ireland, hosted by Cork County Council Initiative and Irish project partners “Macroom E”.


The half day seminar will delve into the harsh realities of marine pollution, bringing together a selection of experts directly involved in initiatives that work to combat the dangers of marine plastic, while also introducing potential solutions for reuse, recycling or reprocessing of end of life fishing net material, uncovered by the project’s international partners. Guest speakers will include representatives from Volvo Ocean Race, Ghost Fishing International and Clean Coasts. MC for the morning will be critically acclaimed comedian, columnist, broadcaster and Clean Coasts advocate Colm O’Regan.


Circular Ocean project partners from the Environmental Research Institute (Scotland), The Centre for Sustainable Design (England), Norwegian University of Science & Technology (Norway) and The Arctic Technology Centre (Greenland) will present their research on the detrimental effects of marine plastics, while also exploring a series of potential  solutions for re-purposing waste Fishing Nets & Rope.


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08:30 – 09:00  Registration
Session One: The Problem of Marine Plastic & Waste Fishing Nets
Welcome & Introduction to Circular Ocean – Julie Crowley, Macroom E
Racing for Ocean Health – Lucy Hunt, Volvo Ocean Race
Threat of Marine Plastics to Seabirds in the NPA Region – Lee Heaney, Environmental Research Institute at North Highland College (Scotland),
Clean Coasts – Strategy to Reality – Sinead McCoy, An Taisce
11:00  Coffee Break
Session Two: Looking Towards Solutions for End of Life Fishing Nets
Developments at EU Level – Deirdre Clune MEP
Ghost Fishing – The Unseen Truth – Pascal van Erp
Reuse of Fishing Nets in Construction Materials – Ida Bertelsen, The Arctic Technology Centre
Using System Analysis  to Evaluate Fishing Gear Resource Management – Dina Aspen, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Local Eco-innovative & Circular Solutions – Martin Charter, The Centre for Sustainable Design
13:05 Close & Lunch