Circular Ocean, a project led by North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute, aims to discover and co-ordinate innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce marine plastic waste. Circular Ocean seeks to inspire enterprises and entrepreneurs to realise the hidden opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes, with efforts concentrated in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region.
"Inspiring Communities to realise the hidden economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes in the Northern Periphery & Arctic 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 project won the people’s choice award at the European Commission's RegioStars Awards in Brussels in 2016.