Circular Economy Officer
Jacob joins the IPNLF team as a Circular Economy Officer. Jacob has a background in practically applying Circular Economy thinking to real-world projects such as ‘Project: Net-Worth’; an Innovate UK co-funded project designed to create value from end of life waste fishing materials.
With a BSc in Product Design and also currently working towards an MSc in Sustainable Development under the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, Jacob will utilise his background in design and remanufacture to contribute to IPNLFs growing work focused on ghost fishing issues and ocean plastic pollution mitigation.
In this role, Jacob will be focused on developing localised circular economy solutions for repurposing synthetic fishing nets collected at-sea by one-by-one fishers in the Maldives under the Joanna Toole Project. Jacob will also be supporting the policy and advocacy work of the IPNLF within Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) network and more broadly with a focus on marine debris and ocean plastics.
I started my undergraduate degree with no idea of what I wanted to do; I just wanted to design “things”. I was lucky enough to spend time working on projects relating to marine plastics and ghost gear, becoming engrossed in the remanufacturing potential of these waste materials. The main focus of my work asks how we can take a waste product and turn it into something with genuine economic and social value.Jacob Arney (Circular Economy Officer)