Aquafil tackles Cocos Island fishing line

Cartersville, Ga.—For a one-time project, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society removed more than 1700 miles of nylon monofilament fishing line from Cocos Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and shipped it to Aquafil to be transformed into Econyl regenerated nylon, which is used for carpet flooring and fashion items.

Econyl nylon is obtained through the regeneration process of nylon waste and reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared with material generated from oil, according to Aquafil, the Italian company that invented Econyl.

“Plastics are a serious threat to marine ecosystems,” said Captain Paul Watson. “Removing illegal nylon fishing gear from such a pristine environment, repurposing the material and ensuring it will not be used to kill sharks again is a big step in protecting sharks and the Tropical Eastern Pacific marine environment, which Cocos Island is part of.” 

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