Upcoming ghost net removal action in Greece

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13 November 2017

This weekend, on 18-19 November our divers in Greece will return to the Corinthian Gulf for more ghost net removal.

In July, the Ghost Fishing Greece divers removed big amount of ghost nets around 40m length and about 400kg from a shipwreck. The recovered nets were creating not only a death trap for all kinds of marine creatures in the area (including seals, turtles, dolphins etc) but were also contributing to the general degradation of the Gulf’s ecosystem, making the argument for taking remedial action compelling. Because of the mass of ghost nets they have to return again to continue with the clean up and remove this death trap for marine animals completely.

As a final step, the waste fishing nets will get a new life. The recovered fishing nets will be transformed and regenerated into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material used to create new products, such as socks, swimwear or carpets. Healthy Seas provides a showcase at European level for circular economy while highlighting that ‘waste is too valuable to be wasted’.

Korinthian Gulf clean-up mission, Greece, July 2017

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