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Circular economy: first shipment of fishing nets sent from Seychelles to Europe for recycling

Brikole has successfully started the export of old fishing nets from the Seychelles to Europe so that they can be recycled (Seychelles Nation).

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(Seychelles News Agency) – A newly created circular company in Seychelles, Brikole, sent its first shipment of fishing nets to Europe for recyclingremoving 50 tonnes of material from the Seychelles Fishing Net Court of Authority (SFA).

For many years, the yard, located at Ile Du Port Area 14, had become the final destination for abandoned, lost or discarded items. fishing equipment.

Brikole, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding earlier this year with OPAGAC – the Spanish organization of associated producers of large tuna freezers – and Orthongel – the French organization of frozen and deep-frozen tuna producers – is now entitled to obtain the discontinued product fishing equipment and ship them to checked recycling facilities outside the island nation.

Brikole is a company created to provide a sustainable and long-term solution to exhausted people fishing gear generated by industrial tuna fishing industry. Its three founding partners are Francesca Adrienne, Rosetta Alcindor and Kyle de Bouter.

Adrienne told the press that the idea is to start by shipping the nets to foreign recyclers “because at the moment Seychelles does not yet have such a facility”.

“Maybe in one to two years we can establish our own recycling settling in the Seychelles. By introducing recycling in the Seychelles, we don’t want to focus only on nets. Nets will only be the start and once we know the ins and outs we will then move on to everyday plastic. We will be able to see the different types of plastics brought to Seychelles and how we can reuse and recycle them,” said Adrienne.

She added that the aim is to have a positive impact on the world by further reducing Seychelles’ carbon footprint, despite being a small country.

De Bouter explained that exporting the nets, which are made of nylon, means they can now be recycled rather than simply reused. Through reuse, these materials can be used to make bags, hammocks or even be used in aquaculture.

“There are different ways to recycle these plastics. One is mechanical recycling, where the fillets are cut into very fine pieces then heated and then processed into nylon pellets. This is the big idea we have for the Seychelles. The second type is an energy-intensive process called chemical recycling. After going through this process, recycled plastic becomes new,” de Bouter said.

He added that the expedition is only the beginning of establishing a recycling in the Seychelles, whose grand plan is to maintain the country’s resources.

Talking about the benefits of such a venture, Alcindor said that “through the creation of this industry in Seychelles, we will be able to create jobs and raise awareness that plastic is a resource and not necessarily waste”.

Brikole will work in partnership with various NGOs because it is possible to reuse these nets.

“We want to work with schools so that they can install creativity through the use of plastics as material for the creation of new things. We can also work with artisans,” said Alcindor.