NETTAGPlus – Preventing, avoiding and mitigating environmental impacts of fishing gears and associated marine litter


Sandra Ramos

CESAM Responsible researcher

Cristina Pita


Horizon Europe Innovation Action (IA)


01/05/2023 - 01/05/2026

Funding for CESAM

100992 €

Total Funding

2562693 €

Funding Entity

União Europeia

Proponent Institution

Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR)

Participating Institutions

  • Universidade de Aveiro - Portugal
  • Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESCTEC) - Portugal
  • University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) - Espanha
  • University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (UNEW) - Reino Unido
  • WWF Mediterranean (WWF)
  • ERINN Innovation Limited (ERINN)
  • Succorfish Ltd (SF)
  • Cadilhe & Santos, Lda (C&S): Portugal
  • Cooperativa de Armadores de Pesca del Puerto de Vigo S. Coop Gallega (ARVI): Espanha
  • Associação Pró-Maior Segurança dos Homens do Mar (APMSHM): Portugal
  • Co. Ge. Coopesca Portorosa Società Cooperativa Consortile (CGP): Itália
  • Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights (MAFA)


NETTAG+ aims to provide a portfolio of three suitable innovative smart and sustainable solutions to address the negative impacts of fishing gears on marine life and habitats, in line with the second issue of the call “Environmental impacts of fishing gears”. NETTAG+ will be based on synergistic activities between the fisheries industry, scientists and NGOs to develop three solutions to PREVENT, AVOID and MITIGATE the harmful impacts of fishing gears. We will PREVENT marine litter derived from fisheries activities, AVOID loss of fishing gears, and MITIGATE harmful impact by removing existing ALDFG. These three solutions will jointly contribute to reduce ALDFG and marine pollution, namely by: reducing the introduction of hazardous chemicals and microplastics originated from ALDFG; reducing ghost fishing, bycatch and entanglements of sensitive or endangered species on ALDFG; and improving mapping, tracking and recovery technologies to retrieve ALDFG. NETTAG+ aims to upgrade and upscale the integrative preventive approach started in the previous NetTag project, and replicate it in Mediterranean regions. The three solutions will be developed to maturity (TRL 7-8) by the end of the project, and will be tested, validated and demonstrated in real conditions in Atlantic and Mediterranean countries, namely Portugal (PT), United Kingdom (UK), Spain (SP), Italy (IT), Croatia (HR) and Malta (MT). NETTAG+ ambition is to change the paradigm of the fisheries industry, aspiring to transform the societal perspectives about the role of fishers as Guardians and Cleaners of the Ocean. NETTAG+ will empower the sector to take active actions to address marine pollution, promoting their role as key-actors to tackle marine pollution, and will will provide the fisheries industry with three smart and environmentally-friendly solutions to reduce ALDFG and prevent the environmental impacts of fishing gears.

CESAM members in the project

Cristina Brice Pita

Investigadora Auxiliar

Maria de Fátima Lopes Alves

Professora Associada com Agregação

Ricardo Jorge Guerra Calado

Investigador Coordenador