BIOGEARS aims to provide the European aquaculture sector with biobased ropes, as the sector currently uses 100% non-recyclable ropes.

The biobased ropes developed will be durable to meet industry needs but will biodegrade in a shorter time and can be sustainably managed by local composting facilities. The project will develop prototypes and trial them in the Atlantic basin using Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture with mussels and seaweed. A ‘Blue Lab’ will be developed to support replicability, transferability and scale up of the developed biobased ropes into different regions, creating new value chains and more eco-friendly aquaculture.