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Developing a circular economy of fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) in the Northern Periphery & Arctic region (NPA)

Day 1 - Thursday 1st September 11:30 - 16:30, The Scandic Hotel, Ålesund City Centre

Day 2 - Friday 2nd September 9:00 - 13:15, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ålesund

Circular Ocean is delighted to announce its very first conference, "Developing a Circular Economy of Fishing Nets and Ropes (FNRs) in the Northern Periphery & Arctic Region". The event takes place over two days from September 1st - September 2nd 2016. The purpose of the event is to bring together key stakeholders who are involved in striving towards a more circular economy in relation to fishing nets and ropes particularly. The full agenda including details of speakers and sessions is available below. If you have any queries in relation to this event, please feel free to contact the team at or We look forward to seeing you on September 1st!


Benefits to Public Sector Attendees:

  • Meet with senior public sector officials in Norway dealing with the challenges of waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs)

  • Learn about Norway's approach to the challenges

  • Exchange ideas to tackle the global issues of FNRs

  • Develop your network with people experiencing similar problems

Benefits to Enterprise Attendees:

  • Hear from companies with experience in the FNR recycling sector

  • Connect with other commercial actors in the marine plastic/FNR value chain

  • Hear about new enterprise opportunities in the NPA region in this sector

  • Learn from the experiences of other European and international countries


Day 1

Status and opportunities to facilitate circular economy of FNRs in Norway

Date: Thursday, 1st September 2016

Location: Scandic Hotel, Ålesund City Center

11:30 – 14.00 Session 1: Challenges and measures

  • Welcome, Annik Magerholm Fet - Director, NTNU Sustainability
  • Introduction to Circular Ocean, Neil James – Research scientist – Environmental Research Institute (Scotland)
  • Measures to mitigate marine plastic waste, Erlend Standal – Senior Advisor – Norwegian Environment Agency
  • How can authorities facilitate a circular economy based on fishnets and ropes (NRs)? Lise Langård –Advisor – Directorate of Fisheries

14:00 – 15:30 Session 2: Recyling of fishnets

  • Are fishnets made for recycling? Bente Lund Jakobsen – Director – Mørenot Aquaculture AS
  • Recyclability of collected fish-nets and ropes, Nils Roar Hareide – Director – Runde Miljøsenter
  • Bringing value to marine waste – experiences from fishnet recycling in Norway, Øistein Aleksandersen – CEO – Nofir

15:30 – 17:00 Session 3: Combating marine plastic waste

  • NGO
  • World Café discussions (roundtable and plenary) with tapas

Day 2

Innovation and implementation of FNR recycling and reuse

Date: Friday, 2nd September 2016

Location: NTNU in Ålesund: More information here.

09:00 – 10:00 Session 1: Tools and solutions

  • Tools for keeping the Norwegian coastline and waters clean, Kirsti Slotsvik – Director General – The Norwegian Coastal Administration
  • Products, practices and systems for repurposing fishnets, Martin Charter – Professor – Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts (England)

10:00 – 11:30 Session 2: Reuse and recycling

  • Reusing fishnets for concrete reinforcement, Ida Bertelsen – PhD candidate – ARTEK
  • New Technology for fishnet recycling, Hans Axel Kristensen – CEO – Plastix Gloal (Denmark)
  • Product opportunities of recycled plastic waste, Runar Stenerud – Project Manager – PLASTO AS

11:30 – 12:30 Session 3: Business opportunities in a circular economy

  • An innovative business model for marine litter in Europe, Veronika Mikos - Healthy Seas
  • Circular economy business opportunities, Jan Børre Rydningen – Head of department, Entrepreneurship – Innovation Norway
  • Panel discussion with speakers, exchange of ideas and experiences on how to establish green business models based on recycling and reuse of fishnets and ropes.

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 16:00 Voluntary company visit, Open for everyone who wants to explore the fishing gear producer Mørenot AS


Day 1 of the conference takes place in the Scandic Hotel, Alesund and accommodation for this hotel can be booked by CLICKING HERE.





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Organiser of Developing a circular economy from fishing nets and ropes (FNRs) in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region (NPA) 1st - 2nd September 2016

In pursuit of innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, the Circular Ocean project (2015-2018) seeks to inspire enterprises and entrepenuers 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 retenion 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. 

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