Marisa Almeida, Sandra Ramos (CIIMAR)
NetTag project aimed to reduce and prevent marine litter derived from fisheries by working directly with fishers through an integrative preventive approach. Among other actions, the project contributed to reduce lost gear by using new technologies (acoustic localisation system) that help fishermen to locate and recover lost gear; and promoted better practices on the management of fishing waste through awareness raising actions organised by fisher’s associations.
The NetTag team also designed and produced a new technological device for the location and recovery of fishing gear under water. This prototype device detects fishing gear through acoustic transponder tags and autonomously approaches and recovers lost gear.