Together with Greenpeace Deutschland the Ghost Fishing team managed to cleanup more than a ton of lost fishing nets from three wrecks. It was a very successful mission. In this time of year, visibility in the North Sea is quit poor due to algae bloom. Sometimes you can’t even see further than 50cm.
Last week in Greece I was involved in a local Ghost Fishing mission. M/V Portugal was finally freed from an enormous pile of lost fishing gear.
This picture shows the last part of a divers ascent in clear water. On a sunny day you are able to observe how sunbeams are reflected from the sandy bottom and returned by the water surface into one midpoint. It looks quit spectacular.
Good visibility but cold (4℃) during our visit to the engine room of this 40 year old wreck.
Divers of the Ghost Fishing team visited the wrecks of Malta to remove lost fishing gear. We put the nets and fishing lines in bags and shoot them up to the surface were they are picked up by our support team of Techwise.
First dive of 2016. Working on some skills. Certain dives require a guideline, like wreck penetration dives. When installing or retrieving a line, the diver should use the left hand to hold both the reel and the light. This leaves the right hand free to, for instance, add gas to the wing or to reel-in.
During my last dive of 2015 with the team we planned to visit a special wreck in the Oosterschelde. Due to almost zero visibility we spent our dive at the Dutch mussel-culture in Zeeland. Because these mussels filter the water constantly for food, the visibility in the near surroundings is pretty good.
Despite the visibility, it’s great to do a shoot with this machine!
Despite stormy weather, the team searched and found this typical Dutch flatboat. Divers entered the cargo hold in which peat was transported in former days. A great dive for testing the 15000 lumen DDL led light. It shows a nice circle on the wreck.
In crystal clear waters sunlight may travel 40 metres down. However the intensity will be very low. This picture shows a wreck at a depth of 24m at noon on a very sunny day. It is dark at the bottom, but if you look up you can still see the sun.