Fishy Filaments got its first public outing yesterday at a meeting of the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group of representing a wide spectrum of volunteers from around the coast of Cornwall whose common ground is the issue of plastics in the environment.

I hope that I explained the concept well enough that it was understood and that the questions answered and insights shared (on all sides) will lead to a deeper and more complete set of solutions.

The reception was very positive and constructive, and I hope that this is reflective of a more general understanding of the idea and its potential as Fishy Filaments approaches its first round of funding.

The answers that have been generated from the internal tests completed so far have only confirmed what I believed regarding the recyling of used fishing gear; that it is possible using small modular kit, that it can be economic without public subsidy and that it can be the basis of a local material recycling loop with significant economic, social and environmental value.

But I’ve reached the end of my financial ability to fund technical proof of concept.

I need to buy some professionally-built equipment to shift from home-spun validation to a product that can be tested commercially. That equipment has been proven by years of use by organisations like NASA and businesses like Dupont, but it is too expensive for me to buy as a self-funded start-up business. I have agreements from sector experts to provide technical support for that process and there is a growing sense that all sectors of Cornish society recognise that the project has merit.

So I am going to run a crowdfund campaign to take this project to the next level; from proof of technical concept to proof of commercial viability.

I will post details of that campaign in due course and I hope that you feel that you can support that campaign.

Finally I thank Bosch for its free loan of an AXT 25TC shredder for testing against four different used fishing nets. It was done in full knowledge that the machine was going to be tested outside its designed function, which shows both courage and engineering curiosity from such a large international conglomerate. The machine performed admirably against large trawl nets and the process has provided much needed real world data on future shredder design decisions.