Fisheries Areas Network


Closing the Loop: circular economy in fishing and aquaculture areas

The theme of this event was “Closing the Loop: circular economy in fishing and aquaculture areas”. The seminar was organised at the initiative of the European Commission with the support of the Basque Coast FLAG, the Region of New-Aquitaine and the French National Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture (DPMA).

It was an opportunity for FLAGs to better understand what circular economy is and help them exchange on different types of actions and projects they might undertake related to themes such as:

- Encouraging local production and consumer habits to move away from the traditional "take, make and dispose" model and become more sustainable, e.g. through sustainable sourcing of materials, eco-design, sharing and re-use of products, etc.

- Finding ways to minimise waste and ensure the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible.

- Identifying opportunities for developing new economic activities based on by-products and waste from fisheries and aquaculture (organic fish waste, shells, plastic…)

The seminar themes were addressed through a series of presentations, working groups discussions, mini-plenary sessions, a project fair and a field visit.

Day 1: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
from 17.00 
Welcome drink 
Warm-up activity & networking dinner prepared by catering students from the Lycée Hôtelier de Biarritz, courtesy of the Atlantic Pyrenees & Landes fishing & aquaculture committee.
Day 2: Wednesday, 21 November 2018
08.30 – 09.00 

          09.00 – 10.30 

Opening Plenary:
10.30 – 11.15 
Coffee break
Participants register for the project discussion hubs
11.15 – 12.45 
Mini plenaries session: rounds I and II
12.45 – 14.00 
Participants finalise registration for the project discussion hubs
14.00 – 15.30 
Mini plenaries session: rounds III and IV
  • Sustainable sourcing and eco-design
  • New uses for by-products and waste; industrial symbiosis
  • Sharing, repairing and re-using
  • Putting the EU Plastics Strategy into practice at local level
15.30 – 16.00 
Coffee break (around the project showcasing area)
16.00 – 18.00 
Discussion hubs: Showcasing the circular economy
A series of discussion hubs in which 10 circular economy initiatives will be presented and discussed in small groups:
  1. Renewable-energies
  2. Smart Ecosystems for Seaweed and Oysters
  3. Management of Lubricants in Fishing Ports - FR
  4. Setting up value chains for oyster shells
  5. Marine leather
  6. Onland aquaculture
  7. Smicval Market
  8. From EPS fishboxes to PE granulate
  9. Reseaclons
  10. Aquasol - ES
Dinner with local specialities, courtesy of the Region of Nouvelle Aquitaine
Day 3: Thursday, 22 November 2018
08.30 – 09.00 
09.00 – 10.45 
  • Raise awareness within the FLAG and the area
  • Identify ideas and entrepreneurs/project promoters
  • Bring in the technical know-how and investment
10.45 – 11.15 
Coffee break (Brest FLAG presenting its “Ocean Hackathon” challenge)  FR
11.15 – 12.30 
Knowledge and cooperation hubs
12.30 – 13.00
Closing session
Packed lunch available; departure to field trip
13.00 – 17.00 


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