We are a joint venture of a non-governmental organizations and businesses that share a common mission:
We have joined forces to clean the oceans and seas of marine litter such as derelict fishnets responsible for the needless death of marine animals.

And there’s more to it than that! We aim for sustainability, in both an environmental and an economic sense. This is why we don’t just dump the waste nets into landfills.
Instead, we recycle them into high-quality raw material for brand new products such as socks, swimwear, carpets and other textiles.
So, with every new product we produce, we reduce the waste in our seas.


Marine Protection

Action against waste fishing nets

Our non-profit activities include the recovery of fishing nets by volunteer divers and the storage of the material in special facilities. In addition we run educational and prevention programs.



From fishing nets to yarn

This part of Healthy Seas involves the transformation of fishing nets and other waste into regenerated ECONYL® nylon yarn.



New sustainable textiles

In the final step beautiful and sustainable textile products are created. They continue to tell the powerful story of the journey from waste to wear.


Healthy Seas is a cross-sector initiative created by two NGOs and two businesses -
that have joined forces to tackle the problem of marine litter.

Aquafil Group

Since 1969, the Aquafil Group has been a leading player, both in Italy and globally, in the production of Nylon 6. In 2011 Aquafil developed and launched the ECONYL® Regeneration System. Thanks to this groundbreaking process, the fishing nets recovered by the Healthy Seas initiative can be regenerated into ECONYL® nylon yarn. The yarn is used for the production of sustainable apparel and carpet products.

Star Sock

Star Sock, established in 1996, has become a trusted sock-partner for the international retail market. With a focus on sport and lifestyle, it holds licenses for several well-known brands.
Its philosophy is made up of four Ps: professional, positive, passion and pleasure. Star Sock is the first company to have given new life to the fishnets that Healthy Seas recovered by using ECONYL® regenerated yarn for their socks.

Ghost Fishing

Ghost Fishing is the world's leading expert organization on lost fishing gear removal. Ghost Fishing is responsible for the daily coordination of Healthy Seas and mobilizes its wide international and local networks. With the help of dedicated diving teams, Ghost Fishing coordinates the recovery of abandoned fishing nets and runs regular activities to raise awareness among the public, fishing industry and local communities.

ECNC Group

ECNC Group is a leading European expertise centre for biodiversity and sustainability. ECNC Group is focusing on the establishment of integrated waste management systems in Dutch harbours together with other local partners while targeting the collection and possible recycling of all fisheries related waste.