When derelict fishing gear (DFG) is retrieved from the sea, the material is highly mixed and contains metal anchors, chains, organic matter, and other marine litter as well as nets, ropes, float and sink lines. So how could retrieved fishing gear be treated to enter the value and recycling chain? And what preparation is necessary for a full recycle scheme?
This report on technical feasibility describes in detail the results of all DFG recycling trials and the physical and chemical properties derived to evaluate the material quality of lost fishing gears retrieved from the Baltic Sea. The aim of this report is to provide a baseline of technical feasibility and processing options for retrieved fishing gear. The analyses and trials carried out lead to recommendations of how retrieved fishing gear can be treated to enter the value and recycling chain.