Through the Net100-Net + Positive initiative that is a finalist of the Green Latin America Awards in the Oceans category.

Madrid, 18 of June, 2019.- 

Satlink, company specialized in satellite telecommunications, has contributed, together with the recycling company Bureo Inc., to the collection of 100 tons of fishing nets along the coast of Chile, through the Net100-Net + Positive Project. This initiative, which has achieved its goal six months ahead of schedule, is a collaboration between Satlink, Bureo and the NGO World Animal Protection, through the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), and is also in the running for the Latin America Green Awards.

Net100-Net + Positive Project seeks to manage these materials in a more sustainable manner, by recycling and reusing them into value added products such as skateboards, sunglasses and office chairs. This activity contributes to create employment in the artisanal fishing communities of Chile that participate in the project. Likewise, the funds generated will serve to finance social initiatives such as environmental education courses in primary schools, installation of waste collection containers or renewable energy projects.

The overarching goal of this project is to create a cross-sectoral partnership to scale efforts to collect and recycle end of life fishing gear, providing a sustainable use for the material and reducing the risk of ghost gear polluting our oceans. In this regard, approximately 640,000 tons of ghost gear end up in our oceans each year. To avoid this, GGGI works through collaborative projects to implement best practices, catalyse and replicate successful solutions and build evidence of the problem globally.

By reaching their 100 tons goal, Satlink fulfilled the commitment made last October during the Our Ocean 2018 conference. Furthermore, thanks to the joint effort of Satlink, World Animal Protection and Bureo, the Net+Positiva program now has the potential to collect over 3.000 tons of fishing gear per year. To this end, it is expected that this recycling model will expand to Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico.

Latin America Green Awards
Net 100-Net Positiva is a finalist in the Oceans category of the Latin America Green Awards, which recognizes initiatives that use innovative approaches to recover resources and waste to preserve marine ecosystems. The winners of these prizes will be announced in Guayaquil (Ecuador) next August.

Furthermore, Net100-Net Positiva has achieved a 6th place in the Solid Waste category, and 19th position in the 500 projects included in the ranking of Social and Environmental Projects of Latin-American, out of over 2.000 entries from 19 countries.

About Satlink
Founded in 1992, Satlink is a Spanish engineering company specialized in satellite telecommunications. Satlink, which has agreements with the global satellite networks Inmarsat, Thuraya, Iridium and Hispasat, is a world leader as a provider of technological solutions for the fishing sector and also markets satellite communications solutions in the terrestrial and air environment. Satlink is a regular supplier of the Ministry of Defense since its foundation 25 years ago. Headquartered in Madrid, Satlink has offices in Seychelles, Ecuador and Fiji. The company is owned by Faustino Velasco (CEO and founder of the company) and Artá Capital, the private equity arm of Grupo March, with €800m of assets under management. www.satlink.es

About Bureo
Bureo is a certified Benefits Corporation operating between California and Chile focused on developing innovative solutions to prevent ocean plastic pollution. In 2013 Bureo founded Chile’s first fishing net collection and recycling program,‘Net+Positiva’, with the mission to provide fishermen access to fishnet waste disposal points along the coast of Chile as a means to prevent ocean pollution. Through partnerships with a growing list of companies such as Patagonia and Costa Sunglasses, Bureo is able to transform this once harmful plastic pollution into new positive products.

About the Global Ghost Gear Initiative
In 2015, World Animal Protection established the Global Ghost Gear Initiative- a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. The GGGI aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals, and safeguard human health and livelihoods. The GGGI now has 93-member organisations globally, with members from industry, government, academia, and NGOs. From January 2019 onwards, Ocean Conservancy (OC) will become the GGGI’s new lead partner organisation.

About world animal protection
World Animal Protection has moved the world to protect animals for the last 50 years. World Animal Protection works to give animals a better life. Its activities include working with companies to ensure high standards of welfare for the animals in their care, working with governments and other stakeholders to prevent wild animals being cruelly traded, trapped or killed, and saving the lives of animals and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them in disaster situations. World Animal Protection influences decision makers to put animals on the global agenda, and it inspires people to protect animals and to change animals’ lives for the better. More information on World Animal Protection can be found at: .www.worldanimalprotection.org