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Design Challenge – Taiwan

March 29

A biomimicry challenge, open to residents of Taiwan!

Biomimicry Taiwan is collaborating with the Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office of New Taipei City, seeking innovations inspired by nature, to solve the problem of garbage in fishing ports and discarded fishing nets on the seabeds.

Taiwan is facing the challenge of the declining of marine harvest, including coastal and offshore fisheries. Some local governments have promoted measures to eliminate the problem of discarded/ abandoned fishing nets, including releasing recycling incentives, cooperating with diving volunteers or schools to collect them, and more. However, discarded/ abandoned fishing nets remain a difficult problem because the funding and manpower are limited. In addition, domestic garbage and waste from fishing boat operations, debris that has been washed and dragged from the mountains to the coast due to heavy rain, and sea drift garbage that has been displaced by ocean currents exacerbate the ecosystem of near sea and fishing ports.

Winners of this challenge will get assistance and support to apply to the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

The Challenge: New Taipei City Sustainable Fishery Award: Seeking biomimicry innovation to solve discarded/ abandoned fishing nets & garbage problem

Award: Total amount of cash over USD 3,500. If you pass the first round, teams can get the opportunity to join the Biomimicry Café, a chance to get expert guidance and support to further your design, including assistance applying to the worldwide Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

Submission deadline: 23:59pm on March 29, 2019

Competition details: https://reurl.cc/zAxek or visit www.biomimicrytaiwan.org

Competition Organizer: Biomimicry Taiwan


  • Biotechnology Industry Study Center, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research
  • Fisheries and Fishing Port Affairs Management Office of New Taipei City Government

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