During the winter the Dutch Ghostfishing divers are working on their skills in ghost-net-removal.
This picture is taken last Sunday on the wreck of the “Rode Poon” in the North Sea. If you look closely you see a black balloon. All released balloons finally return to Earth as ugly litter. It can travel thousands of miles and pollute the most remote places and kills animals.
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.
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.
Due to weather conditions unfortunately the visibility in the North Sea isn’t to good at times. Still the Ghost Fishing divers do their job; getting rid of lost fishing nets. I try to make the best of it, showing the world what it’s like down there in these circumstances.
The final day! The team managed to lift the net completely. Great work, great project!
The cutting of the nets makes the visibility disappear instantly. At a depth of 50m, this makes the job very difficult.