Successful clean-up mission in Greece last weekend

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29 September 2016

Last Saturday, 24 September, the Healthy Seas divers in cooperation with AquaTec Diver Training and MEDASSET-Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles performed another successful ghost net clean-up mission as part of the Healthy Seas initiative in Greece.

The team’s mission was to remove lost fishing gear from the wreck of the “Kira Leni”, which sank back in 1978 due to bad weather near the south coast of Patroklos Island. The two main pieces of the wreck, the bow and stern, are now lying at a depth of around 32 metres. Over the years, the wreck has gradually been colonised by a wide range of marine life including moray eels, groupers and smaller fish who seek shelter here.

Diving conditions were good, which helped in the success of the mission. The six person team managed to clear the whole of the “Kira Leni” wreck and by the end of the day a total of 250 kilograms of nets had been brought to the surface. The collected material will enter into the ECONYL® Regeneration System. Healthy Seas provides a showcase for circular economy while highlighting that waste is too valuable to be wasted.

A big thank you for our divers for making the seas a nicer and more safe place for turtles and other marine animals!

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