ECO_BUSINESS – In the fishing industry, gear recycling is finally catching on
Old fishing nets clutter harbours and kill sea life. But entrepreneurs are changing that.
By Rachel Fritts, Ensia.com
In 2013, Joel Baziuk had a problem. He had too many fishing nets, and no good way to get rid of them. But that was about to change.
As operations supervisor of Steveston Harbour Authority, or SHA, just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Baziuk is responsible for Canada’s largest commercial fishing harbour.
Fishing gear recycling is still in its infancy. Only two companies, Italian yarn producer Aquafil and Danish cleantech company Plastix, have the technology and resources to do it on a large scale.