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NetTag project

Terminal de Cruzeiros de Leixoes, Av. General Norton de Matos s/n, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal

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Research project


Marine pollution, Marine debris, Ghost gear, Conservation technology, Technological solutions


The NetTag approach to the problem of marine litter derived from fisheries combines two different types of preventive measures: new technology to prevent lost gears; and awareness actions to promote best-practices for on-board waste management. NetTag is developing new technologies to track fishing gears in case gears got lost, fostering a reduction of lost gears. The technology involves low cost, miniature and environmental-friendly acoustic tags and acoustic transceivers for uniquely localization (with fisher’s personal ID) of lost gear and an automated-short-range robotic recovery system. This is an active project co-ordinated by Ciimar in Portugal.

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