A journey from waste to carpets

Peter Verhoog, Nature and Conservation Photographer
09 August 2018

Saturday August 4th, a team of Tarkett / DESSO joined Healthy Seas on a regular North Sea cleanup mission. It was a beautiful day for diving and the diving team of Ghost Fishing went back to the wreck called “Rode Poon” located at 27 nautical miles from Scheveningen resting at 30m of depth. The name of this wreck is still a nickname, the ship is never identified since she is discovered at the sandy bottom of the North Sea. The “Rode Poon” is a very popular location for fishermen and all types of fishing gear will be found down there, whether professional and recreational.

The Ghost Fishing diving team has completed this mission with 9 divers and managed to bring up several big hauls of trawler nets, gill nets as well several kilos of recreational gear like lead weights, lures, lines and hooks. After the dive the catch was inspected together with the team of Tarkett / DESSO and the divers explained them everything they wanted to know about fishing gear and the impact it has on the underwater environment when lost.

As usual, the recovered fishing gear will be stored at the Healthy Seas collection point. Later on, the nets will be transported for cleaning and sorting and eventually will enter into the ECONYL® regeneration system. The ECONYL® yarn will be then used to produce new products such as DESSO® carpet tiles.

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