Saving marine life from ghostnets

The DWS sales team is making a positive contribution to ocean protection by supporting aid organizations that recover ghostnets from the sea.

Status report on the DWS salvage mission

"One of the most horrific impacts of ghost fishing is called the cycle of death"

Pascal van Erp, the Diving Coordinator at Healthy Seas in the interview: insights about the course of the recovery missions

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February | March 2020

Update on DWS salvage mission

Another milestone in DWS salvage missions: On 22 and 23 February this year, a total of 150 metres of longlines and around 100 kilos of gill nets were retrieved from the sea in Krnica (Croatia). Beautiful and sunny days ensured a calm sea - so the 12 divers from Italy were able to dive to a depth of 33 meters to free the sea from ghost nets.

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January | February 2020

Updatet on DWS salvage mission

In January and February 2020, Healthy Seas carried out a 3-week long programme at Al Andalous school in Venlo in the Netherlands.

Through presentations, art works and interactive games, we aimed at educating the children about plastic pollution, ghost nets and the threats that they present to many animals. Volunteer divers were also there to show off their gear and inspire the next generation of ocean rescuers! Nearly 200 little students took part in the programme.




January 2020

DWS salvage mission status report 

Good quality equipment is always very important for success. In case of technical divers, it is essential also for safety, since removing big piles of ghost nets from the sea can be dangerous and risky if they are not properly trained or don’t have the right equipment. With our support, Healthy Seas bought 70 brand new lift bags for their Ghost fishing Initiative, a very important equipment for divers to lift heavy nets. One lift bag can lift up around 100 kgs of fishing nets or other marine litter and can be used for several diving seasons. So we are looking forward to a big catch this year! 

Ghost nets account for


of the plastic waste in the North Pacific. [1]

It takes


years for lost nets to rot. [1]

More than


of typical Northeast Atlantic fish species have microplastics in their stomachs. [1]

Trapped in the net

Seals, dolphins, whales – day after day they fall victim to ghostnets. This is the name given to abandoned fishing nets that float like ghosts through the world’s oceans. Millions of animals are caught in them and die in agony. This senseless killing takes place under water, hidden from human sight. Plastic bottles wash up on sunny beaches and annoy tourists, bringing marine waste to the front pages. But ghostnets kill silently and invisibly, without people or the media noticing.

The DWS sales team is trying to break this silence....

Stopping agonizing deaths

Today, ghostnets already account for 46 percent of plastic waste in the North Pacific. They continue to spread, leaving 640,000 tons of netting abandoned every year. In Europe alone, the deadly network spans an additional 1,500 kilometres every year. For an estimated 600 to 800 years, the ghostnets then do what they do best: catch fish. When finally the meshwork decomposes it is into also dangerous microplastics, which have been detected not only in the bodies of fish or turtles, but also in much smaller marine creatures such as shrimps, mussels, worms and snails. They therefore end up on our plates.

The ghostnet cycle

A positive contribution to marine protection

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More online accounts, fewer ghostnets

If you would like to have your account online and inclusive electronic mailbox, then you decide not only for more comfort and less paper, but also for for the environment! For the activation of your online account or the postbox, we support the non-profit organization "Healthy Seas" in freeing up the seas of abandoned or lost fishing nets. The more customers chose the paper free depot management, the more dives we will organize to salvage old nets and thus to eliminate the deadly traps for many marine animals.**

In order to draw attention to the problem of ghostnets, the DWS sales team has decided to join forces with the marine conservation organization Ghost Fishing. Instead of sending small presents to customers and partners last Christmas, the sales team of DWS will finance salvage missions. In coming weeks the hunter will become the hunted. Salvage specialists will haul large numbers of ghostnets from the oceans.

You want to become active yourself? Support the Ghost Fishing Foundation "Healthy Seas"with your donation.

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