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Healthy Seas

How much have we raised so far for this cause?


How many times have we reached our goal? Almost-there!

$135 = covers the cost of diving equipment for one sea clean-up: breathing gas, special knives for cutting the nets underwater and lifting bags to bring the collected fishing nets to the surface


The Healthy Seas initiative acts as a shining example of the power of teamwork: Three organizations shared one vision of seas free of forgotten fishnets. One not-so-fun-fact that many people don’t know is that one tenth of all marine litter comes from abandoned fishing nets. These nets remain in our oceans where they trap and injure all types of marine life, from fish and dolphins to turtles and marine birds. Healthy Seas partners with divers, fishermen, shipping companies, and other non-governmental organizations to locate those nets and get them out of our oceans. But wait, there’s more! Instead of dumping the discarded nets in landfills or burning them up in waste processing facilities, Healthy Seas turns them into high quality yarn which gets used to create textiles like socks, swimwear, and even carpets. That’s what we call sustainability!




The mission of Healthy Seas is to remove waste, in particular abandoned fishing nets for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter into textile products. The recovered fishing nets will be transformed and regenerated into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material used to create new products, such as socks, swimwear or carpets. These nets, sometimes called “ghost nets”, are often found on and around shipwrecks which are highly important places for marine wildlife. Millions of marine animals, including dolphins, seals, turtles and birds suffer because of entanglement in these nets which leads to serious injuries or death.



Healthy Seas is focusing on an internationally recognized problem: marine litter and ghost nets. Ghost nets are discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing nets that ‘continue to fish’ and fill our seas with plastic waste. It has negative impacts on many aspects, including human health, marine wildlife, marine ecological systems, beach quality, navigational safety, economic well-being of states and fishing and maritime industries. There are several important initiatives to clean up and safeguard the seas. The nets collected by Healthy Seas are not sent into landfills or burned. Instead, they are recycled in order to create high-quality products that consumers can recognize and choose. With their choice of buying something good, they support a good cause. Sustainability is the focus, from both the environmental and economic point of view.




Healthy Seas applies a two-way approach in order to achieve its mission. Namely, recovering ghost fishing nets from our seas (with the help of divers and salvage companies) and preventing waste fishing nets from ending up in marine ecosystems (with the help of fishermen communities and fish farms). The strength of Healthy Seas lies in its partnerships with non-governmental organizations and businesses working towards the same aim: a better planet and healthier seas, while learning-by-doing and being open to new partners and creative ideas.




At present, the initiative is operating in Europe, focusing on the North Sea, Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea. All three of these regions are important for biodiversity and tourism. Waste fishing nets are collected with the involvement of various stakeholders such as divers, salvage companies, fishermen and fish farms. Healthy Seas has the potential to be expanded and replicated more widely.



How divers cut the nets is dependent on the type of net, location and how it is stuck. They use special knives that are normally used in offshore diving, postal-bags to hold the collected nets and lift-bags to shoot the bags and gear to the surface. The depth they dive varies from 20 meters to 60 meters depending on the location and country. In the North Sea, the depth ranges between 20 meters and 35 meters. In the Adriatic Sea, between 30 meters and 60 meters. The biggest challenges the divers face are greater depths (which require expensive mixed gasses) and extreme weather and sea conditions. An average North Sea trip is populated by a team of approximately 12 to 14 divers and an Adriatic Sea trip (much deeper) is populated by a maximum of 10 divers. Since 2013, Healthy Seas has removed more than 51 tonnes of nets from various countries in Europe with the involvement of more than 60 volunteer divers and numerous fishermen communities. All divers are highly skilled volunteers that have been diving together for years on projects in several countries.


Ghost Fishing: Rescue of entangled Scorpion fish

We rescued a lot of animals since we started but sometimes you don't forget that special one. For example this very stressed and entangled Scorpion fish which we found in a fresh lost gill net full of dead under water life. The rescue of this Scorpion fish took quite a while and we had to be very careful because the animal has venomous spines. After we released the animals the net is recovered from the reef.The loss of this specific gill net was quickly reported by local fishermen in Croatia, we thank them for this smooth collaboration.Rescue diver: Pascal van Erp - www.ghostfishing.orgGoPro & Photos: Jeroen & Cees Kassenberg - www.casekassenberg.comInitiator: Healthy Seas - www.healthyseas.orgDiving support: Krnica Diving- KRNICA - www.krnica.comDiving gear support: Tecline By ScubaTech -

Posted by Ghost fishing on Sunday, September 6, 2015




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