Discover the achievements of the 2014-2020 NPA projects

Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

Browse the NPA map of results to discover our stories of cooperation. Pick a dot from the map and scroll down to read  about people who have met similar minded colleagues and together found solutions for their shared challenges.

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Clean fishing nets

Only clean fishing gear can be re-used

One of the first challenges addressed by CIRCULAR OCEAN partners was to find a way to remove the chemical impregnation from the nets and ropes, to obtain clean materials ready for reuse in a variety of sectors. Thanks to the #ChemHack Challenge organised by the Environmental Research Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands, it was found that current technology allows for successful cleaning, but waste water streams would need to be treated further.


Dr Neil James

Research Fellow, ERI, UHI

The unique #ChemHack event was a wonderful opportunity to bring together world-class expertise to help solve a practice and pressing issue [the washing of chemicals from nets and ropes].