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Ghost fishing is a severe threat to the ecosystem of the North Sea with a 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 wrecks in the Dutch, UK and Belgian North Sea. The recovered fishing nets are stored in a reception facility in Den Oever and Stellendam, in the  Netherlands.

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In the last month, together with our long-standing partner, the Herpetofauna Foundation, we kicked-off 2 school programmes in Belgium and the Netherlands. During our first visit to the schools, we made presentations and played interactive games to educate the children about plastic pollution, ghost nets and the threats that they present for many animals. The students […]

Dutch volunteers in the North Sea have been diving at shipwrecks recovering ghost gear for many years. In 2013, Ghost Fishing joined forces with Healthy Seas when we offered to take the fishing nets from the divers and turn them into something useful. This collaboration became a best practice example for circular economy, inspiring other marine […]

Thanks to heightened interest in the work of Healthy Seas, we are able to achieve more by increasing the frequency of our activities as well as expanding our geographic reach. This year, we are very happy to be working more closely with Ghost Fishing UK, to recover ghost fishing nets from various locations all over […]

On Thursday, April 4th, together with Herpetofauna Foundation, we visited the Floralaan Primary School in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Over 300 children and their parents came to see the educational programme which we organized to captivate their interest in ghost nets and our environmental work. The interactive event included diving equipment, fishing nets, sustainable products by […]

Besides our regular diving ghost net recovery missions and collaboration with fishermen to prevent nets from becoming ocean litter, our marine protection work also focuses on educating the younger generation about plastic pollution. On September 18th, together with Grondstofjutters, Herpetofauna Foundation and Tarkett, we welcomed the children from the Basisschool Meander in Tilburg who together […]

Our partner, Tarkett, a global leader in innovative flooring solutions is rolling out a red carpet made of recycled fishing nets for students taking part in a beach clean-up on September 18th. About 30 school children from Basisschool Meander in Tilburg, teachers, parents and local beach clean up groups are expected to join the action […]

On Wednesday August 8th we had planned a ghost net removal trip with diving team Ghost Fishing and partner Bracenet accompanied by public radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) from Germany. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for that particular day was not good so we moved the trip to August 7th which appeared to be […]

A typical quote of a Ghost Fishing diver: “There is no such thing as too many lift bags” and indeed, last weekend was again a perfect example of that when the Ghost Fishing team headed back to the HMS E36, an E-class submarine for the British Royal Navy which sunk in a collision with HMS […]