Circular Ocean - Inspiring Communities to realise the hidden economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes in the Northern Periphery & Arctic region  About

In pursuit of innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, the Circular Ocean project seeks to inspire enterprises and entrepreneurs to realise the hidden opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region.

As increasing levels of marine litter is particularly pertinent to the NPA region, the Circular Ocean project will act as a catalyst to motivate and empower remote communities to develop sustainable and green business opportunities that will enhance income generation and retention within local regions.

Through transnational collaboration and eco-innovation, Circular Ocean will develop, share and test new sustainable solutions to incentivise the collection and reprocessing of discarded fishing nets and assist the movement towards a more circular economy.

The Story so Far

Smile Resource Exchange
Fishing nets identified as a problematic waste stream in Ireland – Ireland’s national resource exchange programme, led by Macroom E.

Calling Greenland
A call with Artek revealed discarded fishing nets as a signifigant challenge for Greenland

Discussions with CfSD (UK) identified potential eco innovation opportunities for SMEs using discarded fishing nets

NPA Conference
A chance connection at an NPA Conference link Ireland and Scotland

Norway on Board
NTNU express an interest in researching the environmental impact

NPA Says Yes
Partners submit a successful proposal to NPA Programme 2014-2020

And we're off!
3 year project begins with first project meeting in Wick, Scotland

Our Partners


Circular Ocean is a 3 year project that is proud to be funded by the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme, under Priority Axis 2; Promoting Entrepeneurship to Realise the Potential of the Programme Area's Competitive Advantage

It is the NPA programme's vision to help to generate vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities, by harnessing innovation, expanding the capacity for entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth initiatives and opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource-efficient way.

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