NETTAG+ is developing three solutions to PREVENT, AVOID and MITIGATE the harmful impacts of fishing gear


Fishers as Guardians and Cleaners of the Ocean


Fishing Gear Location with Acoustic Tags


Detection and Removal of Abandoned, Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG)
NETTAG+ will build on the synergies developed between fishers and scientists in the previous NetTag project and will provide the fisheries industry with a package of three smart and environmental-friendly solutions to reduce ALDFG and the negative impacts of fishing gear


AWARENESS ACTIONS, PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATION EVENTS with fishers on marine litter prevention and retrieval

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT of ALDFG and developed technological solutions

DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF SMART AND ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS for ALDFG prevention and retrieval, through tagging, mapping and recovering technological systems

DISSEMINATION AND COMMUNICATION ACTIONS on NETTAG+ findings to policy-makers, industry, fishers, scientists, EU projects and the general public


Changing the paradigm of the role of fishers in marine pollution

Marking fishing gear with NETTAG+ tags to avoid ALDFG

Promoting the general adoption and acceptance of technological solutions to avoid ALDFG by the end-users

Contributing to Ocean health through retrieving operations

Reducing negative impacts of ALDFG on marine life and habitats

- to Prevent and Eliminate pollution from the Ocean

NETTAG+ contributes to the EU MISSION “RESTORE OUR OCEAN AND WATERS BY 2030” objectives

NETTAG+ contributes to protecting and restoring marine ecosystems and biodiversity, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 through the solutions to prevent, reduce and remove ALDFG. NETTAG+ encourages EU fishers to adopt more environmental-friendly fishing methods, and work towards developing more sustainable fisheries in ecological, economic and social terms, contributing also to the EU Common Fisheries Policy

NETTAG+ promotes reduction of marine pollution in line with the EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil, reducing marine litter derived from fisheries and contributing to prevent gear loss and thus decreasing of ALDFG in the ocean. As gears are mostly composed of plastic, with this reduction, NETTAG+ contributes to the implementation of the EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy, the EU Single Use Plastic Directive and the EU Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (2019/904)31. Furthermore, the demonstration and clean-up events, removing litter, including ALDFG, from the Ocean and beaches in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta and Croatia, contributes to a Zero Pollution approach, in line with EU Green Deal. NETTAG+ also directly contributes to the implementation of the EU Port Reception Facilities Directive (2019/883) by exploring how ports can increase/improve facilities to receive litter collected by fishing boats and also the litter from net repair work

NETTAG+ supports the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, by promoting best-practices for recycling litter among fishers as well as ALDFG retrieval, material that can be recycled.

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