European Circular Ocean Global Competition

The award-winning transnational European Circular Ocean project has launched a global innovation competition in a bid to engage creative and technical communities in coming up with inspiring ideas and solutions on the reuse and recycling of end-of-life fishing nets in the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) region.

Ballybunion’s Big Beach Clean took place today by members of the public .
Clean Coasts groups throughout Ireland gathered this weekend to join the movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey.
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PRESS INFO — Ballybunion’s Big Beach Clean
Clean Coasts groups throughout Ireland will gather this weekend to join the movement for litter free seas and be part of the world’s largest coastal cleanup event and marine litter survey. The event takes place every year on the 3rd weekend in September and to date nearly 12 million people and counting have been part of “The International Ocean Conservancy Coastal Cleanup”. In 2016 alone, nearly 800,000 volunteers in over 90 countries removed 8,193 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans!
The European Circular Ocean project has joined forces with Clean Coasts and Ballybunion Tidytowns this weekend as part of this international movement to combat marine pollution. The “Big Beach Cleanup” will take place at Lady’s Beach in Ballybunion THIS Sunday 17th of September at 12noon.
Funded under the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme, the Circular Ocean project seeks to highlight the opportunities for recovery and reuse of waste Fishing Nets & Rope, with a view to benefiting local economies.
If you are in the Ballybunion area on Sunday, wrap up well, dust off the wellies and do your bit to help fight the scourge of marine pollution on our beautiful coastlines.
For more see www.cleancoasts .org or

Irish partners and Cork County Council initiative Macroom E hope the competition will act as a catalyst to motivate and empower communities across Ireland to consider sustainable business opportunities utilising plastics from waste fishing gear.

It’s estimated that up to eight million tonnes of plastic enters the sea annually, causing serious damage to our ocean environment and marine ecosystems.

Experts believe that lost and discarded fishing-related gear is the most treacherous form of marine plastic, persisting in the marine environment for hundreds of years, continuing to catch fish and causing entanglement of marine wildlife.

This is particularly pertinent to Ireland, as an island nation. Many communities are already subject to the consequences of ocean plastic pollution damaging their environment as well as local fishing industries, tourism and related business.

Circular Ocean would like to hear from individuals and/or multi-disciplinary teams of entrepreneurs, inventors, designers and students who would like to tackle marine plastics with ideas, solutions and product concepts.

The closing date for entries is 1 June. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the NPA regions and specialist networks, including Irish representatives Keiron Phillips, Project Manager at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Sean O’Sullivan, Head of Enterprise at the Local Enterprise Office in South Cork.

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