A Biodegradable Fishing Net with a Tracking Device Could Help Fishermen Find and Repair Ghost Nets

by Owen James Burke


(Photo: Alejandro Plasencia & Co.)

A biodegradable fishing net sounds counterintuitive, but the Remora System, designed by Alejandro Plasencia, is built to expire in four years’ time, which, as far as fishing nets are made to last, is time enough.

Plasencia’s Remora net contains an additive in the polymer of its threads called d2w, an oxygen-degradable plastic which causes the net to degrade in a perceivably nontoxic way.


(Photo: Alejandro Plasencia & Co.)

Fitted with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, fishermen can also use an app on their phones which will direct them toward stray nets, and help them prevent them from breaking down and contributing to what is known as the “plastic soup” of the oceans.

This wouldn’t be the first attempt at these advancements, and it can oftentimes be hard to get fishermen to change their ways — I know — but Mr. Plasencia is edging toward what seems to be a viable solution.

Watch a video clip of how the Remora System works here:

Read more at Dezeen Magazine — OB

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