15,000 kilograms of discarded fishing nets stored for re-use
The Healthy Seas initiative’s call for used and discarded fishing nets has brought in 15 tons of nets this summer. The salvaged nets are being stored in the first Healthy Seas depot in Scheveningen harbour, the Netherlands, and will be offered for recycling at the end of the salvage season.
In March this year, the Healthy Seas partners issued an appeal to send in discarded fishing nets. Since then, divers’ groups have been regularly bringing the nets they find to the Healthy Seas reception and collection facility in Scheveningen. Recently, this depot received 12,000 kilograms of old fishing nets from the Dutch salvage company PAN Salvage. Healthy Seas is very pleased with this contribution and encourages other parties to also send in discarded nets for recycling.
Re-using discarded nets
Discarded fishing nets are a huge problem. According to a joint report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) there are approximately 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets in our oceans, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter. These nets remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years and are responsible for accidental capture of dolphins and many other animals, such as turtles, crabs and marine birds, which often die once trapped. Recovered fishing nets are often dumped into landfills or burned, but as part of the Healthy Seas initiative they will be transformed and regenerated into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material used to create new products, such as socks, swimwear, underwear and carpets.
The main objective of Healthy Seas – a journey from waste to wear is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter, from the European seas for the purpose of recycling these into textile products.
Pascal van Erp
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