A SECOND OPPORTUNITY FOR FISHING GEAR

Between 4.6 and 12.7 million tons of marine litter are dumped into our seas and oceans every year. Although most of it comes from land activities, the data indicate that maritime activities are, increasingly, an important source of waste. In fact, 10% of marine litter corresponds to fishing gear that has either been abandoned, lost, or discarded by vessels.

We know that the consequences caused by this gear on the marine environment and on human well-being are enormous… but, why not propose collecting them and giving them a second opportunity?

what

What is Saretu?

The SARETU project arises from the collaboration between science and industry, with the aim of providing a solution to the problems of rejected fishing gear through the circular economy. Our objective: to collect and recycle rejected tuna nets stored at the port of Seychelles, the base port for the fishing activity of large Basque tuna vessels that fish in the Indian Ocean.
This project has been fostered by the  Bermeo Tuna World Capital Association, which, in this pilot phase, has the collaboration of the Basque tuna fishing company, Echebastar (which provides the project with discarded nets), AZTI Technology Centre (which develops the pilot project), and TERNUA (which produces and transforms the fishing nets into final textile garments). This initiative also seeks to lay the foundations for the development of a local industry engaged in recycling fishing gear.

how

How do we do this?

The process has been carried out in four phases:
1

Storage

Once the purse-seine tuna nets have reached the end of their life cycle, they are discarded and stored at the port of Seychelles.

2

Conditioning

The nets are recovered and conditioned for recycling.

3

Recycling

When ready, they are mechanically recycled to convert them into ECONYL® thread.

4

Production

The final thread is the result of mixing the recycled fishing nets with other recycled materials (like carpets). Finally, the fabrics are created and afterwards, the garment design and development processes begin.

products

What do we produce with the recycled nets?

Bum bags

Versatile, comfortable, and light ,for use in activities such as trekking, hiking, travelling.

Visors

Light and comfortable, highly breathable, recommended for use in activities such as trekking, hiking, travelling or urban use.

Backpacks

Sack-type, very versatile and suitable for any daily activity.

impact

Environmental report

Recuperated material

 3 670 Kg

of nets

Greenhouse gas reduction

130 932 Kg*

of CO

*Equivalent

Reduction of use of non-renewable materials

61 829 Kg

of oil*

*Equivalent

partners

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