Posted by on 31/07/2019

We recently undertook some original research into ecodesign, circular business models and extended producer responsibility for fishing gear in light of the new European Commission Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).

In particular the research focussed on the following:

  • Creating a typology of gear used for fishing for finfish, shellfish and aquaculture
  • Undertaking a review of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach related to waste fishing gear announced in the new European Commission Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) and the potential opportunities that might arise for more circular Business Models and new products for start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in port cities/town and fishing communities, and outside
  • Creating a typology of strategies related to and aimed at improving the product and business circularity of fishing gear, with a particular focus on Business Models and design strategies
  • Highlighting the implication for different stakeholders in particular start-ups and SMEs.

This report was commissioned by Professor Martin Charter, Director, Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD), University for the Creative Arts, UK, to contribute to the European Commission funded Blue Circular Economy project which is focused on translating waste fishing nets into business opportunities in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) region. The CfSD are a project partner in the Blue Circular Economy project.

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