Stronger cooperation with aquaculture and fishing industry: Egersund Group joins Healthy Seas

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21 December 2015

The worldwide supplier of products to the aquaculture, fishing and offshore industry, Egersund Group, today announced its participation in Healthy Seas. This is a milestone in the history of our initiative!

Egersund Group believes that innovation, circular economy and corporate responsibility deliver success in terms of commercial profitability and at the same time can have a positive impact on people and the environment. Mr. Geir Henning Risholm, Managing Director of Egersund Net, said: “We are delighted to support the Healthy Seas initiative, which fits in with Egersund Group’s commitment to developing a business model that aims to enhance sustainability in the fishing industry and aquaculture.”

Healthy Seas started a couple of years ago, involving both fishermen and port authorities with the aim of collecting and recovering used nets which would otherwise be destined for incineration – in the best case – or even landfill. Healthy Seas is currently implementing three pilots in Europe in pursuit of its goal: one in the coastal area of the Netherlands and Belgium for the North Sea, one in Italy for the Adriatic Sea, and one in Greece for the Mediterranean Sea.

“Having Egersund on board means a lot to the Healthy Seas initiative”, said Mr. Fabrizio Calenti, member of the HS Steering Committee, “because a very well-known and reputable group such as Egersund can be of great help to our cause, making new life possible for decommissioned nets and transforming them into beautiful ECONYL ® products, such as socks, swimwear, underwear and carpets.”

All waste material made from nylon 6 has a potentially infinite life, because thanks to its chemical properties it can be regenerated and returned to its original form. This procedure can be repeated a never-ending number of times without any loss of quality or performance.

Besides this, we are trying to achieve more: raising awareness about the problem of marine litter and the possible solutions; developing the right attitude among fishermen and other stakeholders in the fishing industry and aquaculture so that they become more sustainable in their operations, and engaging them in the responsible handling of waste nets and eventually closing the loop. The cooperation with Egersund Group is a historic step towards achieving this mission.

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