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
One severe threat to the ecosystem of the North Sea is ghost fishing with its significantly negative effect on over-exploited fish species. In addition, large amounts of lost or abandoned plummets and hooks cause lead deposits that contribute to the pollution of the North Sea.
As shipwrecks are very important for marine biodiversity, Healthy Seas started cleaning up waste nets from some of the 56 wrecks in the Dutch and Belgian North Sea. The recovered fishnets are stored in a reception facility in Oostende, Belgium, and Stellendam, the Netherlands.
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
On Wednesday 25th January, around 120 children and parents from the Annie M.G. Schmidtschool and day-care centre 2Samen participated in our Healthy Seas beach clean-up in the Netherlands. They bravely faced the cold for more than an hour, collecting over 330 kilograms of litter from the North Sea coast at Scheveningen. Upon return they weighed […]Read More
… sometimes they rise from the ocean. In pursuit of innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste, the Circular Ocean project seeks to inspire enterprises and entreprenuers to realise the hidden opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes in the Northern Periphery & Arctic (NPA) region. Circular Ocean runs for three years (2015-2018). Healthy […]Read More