New load of fishing nets sent to recycling

10 February 2018

Yesterday about 12 tons of waste fishing nets were transported to recycling from the Netherlands, thanks to the fishermen in Den Oever.

Healthy Seas is collecting waste fishing nets from Den Oever since the start of our initiative in 2013. Until today about 74 tons of old fishing nets have been collected by these fishermen in order to create healthier seas and recycle marine litter into textile products.

The shipment was organized by our partner NOFIR. The company is taking care of the transport, cleaning and sorting of the nets. Later on, the nylon 6 nets will arrive to Slovenia where 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.

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 that waste fishing nets will end up in marine ecosystems or in landfills (with the help of fishermen communities and fish farms).

However, Healthy Seas is not only focusing on the collection of fishnets and recycling, but trying to achieve more: awareness raising about the problem of marine litter and the possible solutions; developing the right attitude among fishermen and other stakeholders of the fishing industry to become more sustainable in their operations.

We work with fishermen while showing that they can be part of the solution and not the problem. The lost or discarded fishing nets have negative impacts not only on marine wildlife and ecosystems, but also health, beach quality, navigational safety, and the economic well-being of states and fishing and maritime industries.

First transport of fishing nets in 2018

Related Post

02 Jul 2018 Blog, News, Events, Press, Video

At the last stopover of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, team members from Vestas 11th Hour Racing spent the morning on a dive vessel meeting with staff and volunteers of Healthy Seas. Sailors took time before heading home to learn about ‘ghost gear’ and the circular economy. This is the final and twelfth grant awarded […]

Read More
19 Feb 2018 Blog, News, Events

We are proud to present our results of the last five years! To date Healthy Seas collected 375 tons, that’s 826.000 pounds of nets and lost fishing gear with the help of divers and fishermen. Many marine animals have been rescued and many cases of trapped animals we have prevented. This amount of nets equals […]

Read More
08 Aug 2017 Blog, News, Events

On Saturday, 5 August Ghost Fishing UK team members were joined by Healthy Seas, Milliken and Aquafil to clean up the popular wreck of the James Eagan Layne in Plymouth, UK. The team showed up at various stages of Friday midnight, exhausted after their work and journeys but showed incredible commitment to have the boat […]

Read More
04 Aug 2017 Blog, News

According to a joint report by the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), an estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in our oceans each year, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter. These nets, sometimes called “ghost nets”, can often be found on and around shipwrecks. […]

Read More