The project

PescArt Menorca is a circular economy project whose objective is to promote the conversion of discarded fishing nets into new commercially viable products. The initiative seeks to reduce the significant environmental impact derived from the deficient management of this waste, the detection of which motivated the present project.

The initiative aims to restore value to waste, promoting the symbiosis between the environment preservation and the local productive sector, through cooperating with the fishing sector and key social actors. Thus, on the one hand, the generation of waste is avoided, taking advantage of it as raw material for new products and, on the other, the generation of employment and the circular economy are promoted, linking it to social integration actions.

In words of Xavi Marqués, captain in charge of the Ciutadella Brotherhood, “It is a pleasure to see how nets that we can no longer use are used for such beautiful things. In addition, we give more life to plastic and solve the consequent problem of contamination”.

PescArt Menorca is a project of Plastic Free Menorca Alliance, promoted by Menorca Preservation, Obsam, 0Plastic Menorca, GOB Menorca and Associació Leader Illa de Menorca. It has the collaboration of Ports de les Illes Balears, IUCN, Didier and Martine Primat Foundation, Sa Nostra Foundation and CaixaBank, the Secretary of State for 2030 Agenda and the Ministry of Social Rights, the Foundation for People with Disabilities of Menorca and many other institutions, organisations and people who, with their involvement and commitment, help this project grow. Thanks to the fishermen's associations for being the first step without which this project would simply not exist. Thanks to the artisans and artists who lend their creativity and ingenuity to turn fishing nets into wonders. Thanks to all the people who, maybe like yourself, still don’t know about the project. Thank you, then, for reading these lines. And welcome to PescArt Menorca.

79

fishermen involved

2180

kg collected nets

+ 192

users from social sectors reached

25

artisans and artists involved

Our fundamentals

Environment

We want to promote the circular economy with the creation of new products from waste and, at the same time, we intend to reduce plastic pollution, water and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. We yearn to provide a viable solution to a serious environmental problem.

Society

We seek to create employment opportunities, promoting collaborations with non-profit organisations in the social field and the third sector, such as the Foundation for People with Disabilities. We want to raise awareness about the 7R's and value collaborative work, especially craft, artistic and innovative.

Economy

PescArt is a circular economy project that seeks to make visible the power of intersectoral collaboration. We aspire to provide tools and productive strength to the different possible utilities of the discarded networks.