Healthy Seas – A journey from waste to wear

Watch the video from the latest recovery dive at May 23rd & 24th, 2020

"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

discover more

  *Excluding old-age provision accounts

I do not have an online PIN yet            I already have have an online PIN

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.**

Status report on the DWS salvage mission

20./21. June 2020 - Plomin, Croatia

Update on DWS salvage mission

On 20./21. June an international team of 14 divers from 4 different European countries (Netherlands, Croatia, Italy and Austria) from “Ghost Diving” and “Ghost Diving Adriatic” recovered approx. 1 ton of grill nets and three lobster cages during three cleanup dives.


Update 20./21. Juni 2020

Update 20./21. Juni 2020

Update 20./21. Juni 2020

20. June 2020 - Dutch North Sea

Update on DWS salvage mission

The „Dutch Ghost Diving Team“ consisting of 13 divers was able to recover 200kg trawler nets from the wrecks of E3 and SS Trevier in the Dutch North Sea. In addition they were able to rescue several crabs during the two cleanup dives.


Update 20. Juni 2020

Update 20. Juni 2020

Update 20. Juni 2020

13./14. June 2020 - Dutch North Sea

Update on DWS salvage mission

A team of eight divers from „ Wrakduikteam Zeester” was able to recover approx. 220kg trawler nets from a depth of 5-28 meters in the dutch north sea. The 2-days mission on 13./14.6. took place at the wrecks of Vogtland and E3 and the team was able to rescue several crabs.


Update 13./14. Juni 2020

Update 13./14. Juni 2020

Update 13./14. Juni 2020

7. June 2020 - Arsida, Greece

Update on DWS salvage mission

The latest recovery dive took place 7. June in Arsida, Greece. The team of five Grecian divers was able to retrieve approx. 75kg of gill nets and long lines from 30 meters depth.


Update 07. Juni 2020

Update 07. Juni 2020

Update 07. Juni 2020

23./24. May 2020 - Krnica, Croatia

Update on DWS salvage mission

The dive took place on 23./24. May in Krnica, Kroatien under mixed weather conditions at 32 meters depth. Five Croatan divers supported by three volunteers recovered 200 meters gillnet from an ancient Roman shipwreck from 2nd century.


Update Mai 2020

Update Mai 2020

Update Mai 2020

16./17. May 2020 - Alephochori, Greece

Update on DWS salvage mission

The first diving activity after the lockdown took place on 16 and 17 May in Alephochori, Greece. A team of five divers from Greece supported by two support volunteers recovered 100 meter of longlines during the two days trip from a depth of 45 meter and encountered a dead lobster. Weather conditions were almost perfect on a nice and sunny day with calm sea.


Update Februar 2

Update Februar 4

Update Februar 5

February | March 2020 - Krnica, Croatiia

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.

Update Februar 2

Update Februar 4

Update Februar 5

January | February 2020 - Venlo, Netherlands

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

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.

Donate now

Current articles on sustainability

Mar 11, 2020 Sustainability

"Climate protection will be an investment theme for decades to come"

Turning climate change into an investment opportunity: that’s fund manager Tim Bachmann’s goal with the DWS Invest ESG Climate Tech fund.

Feb 25, 2020 Sustainability

The fight against CO2 is on

To put a brake on climate change and cushion humanity from its consequences, billions will have to be invested worldwide. This could also create return opportunities for investors.

Feb 20, 2020 Sustainability

"Part of the solution"

Gunnar Friede has been managing the DWS ESG Multi Asset Dynamic fund for 15 years. Bringing the fund into line with DWS sustainability criteria has so far not harmed its performance - to the contrary, as Friede explains in this interview.

Feb 06, 2020 Sustainability

The "S" in ESG: hard to grasp but important for risk management

When making sustainable investments, many investors concentrate mainly on the "E" and "G" in the so-called ESG criteria. But "S" has interesting implications for portfolio risk as well.

Jan 07, 2020 Sustainability

Good corporate governance pays off

Corporate governance seems to be the linchpin in sustainable investment. Experience shows that well-managed companies have significantly fewer environmental and social problems.

Nov 12, 2019 Sustainability

Investing sustainably: “a win-win-win situation”

Paul Buchwitz, Fund Manager of DWS SDG Global Equities, explains how the environment, companies and investors alike benefit from sustainable investments.

Oct 15, 2019 Sustainability

Why rising sea levels pose a severe risk to investors

Global warming makes sea levels rise. Flooding increasingly impacts coastal countries, but also companies and, therefore, investors. It is high time to take action.

Sep 19, 2019 Sustainability

Dividends and growth – but please be sustainable

DWS portfolio manager Martin Berberich explains why sustainable dividend funds with a defensive focus on growth are a good fit in current market conditions.

Sep 09, 2019 Sustainability

Investors increasingly march to the sustainability beat

An increasing number of investors are following their convictions and allocating to sustainable financial products with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings. A DWS survey of almost 1000 people reveals the shift to ESG products.

Sep 02, 2019 Sustainability

Plastic furniture is back

Numerous companies are pursuing clever ideas to solve the global trash problem by recycling plastic waste into furniture. Investors can also profit from these new initiatives.

Aug 13, 2019 Sustainability

MSCI investigates: What are the real advantages of sustainable investing?

Everyone knows that sustainability benefits the environment. But does it also provide financial benefits? Current studies indicate yes.

Jul 18, 2019 Sustainability

Are you a sustainability pro? Test yourself

Many of us dream about living a more sustainable life. But what does that mean in reality? In day-to-day life it’s hard to always do the right thing. So how eco-conscious are you really? Here’s where you get to find out…

Jul 09, 2019 Sustainability

Nordic by nature – Oslo, the green model city

Oslo is one step ahead of the rest of Europe in sustainability matters.

Jun 27, 2019 Sustainability

Sustainability in emerging markets? Something’s going on there

Companies in emerging markets are developing dynamically in sustainability matters.

May 09, 2019 Equities

SDG: Mission Possible

The UN wants to save the planet with its 17 sustainability goals and has set a deadline of 2030 to achieve it. But its mission critical is only possible if investors begin following the SDG guidelines.

May 09, 2019 Sustainability

Five reasons to get excited about Impact Investing

Growing numbers of investors want to participate in driving change and making a positive contribution to a shared, sustainable future. This strategy is called Impact Investing and it’s a trend that’s here to stay.

Mar 20, 2019 Equities

Let others do it for you

If you want to invest money sustainably, you have to scrutinize every security - all of which requires time, effort and expertise. Actively managed ESG funds can be a practical solution for private investors.

Mar 13, 2019 Equities

Sustainable investments in the black

Some investors are still concerned that sustainability slows companies down, but their fears may be unfounded: many sustainable companies are extremely successful precisely because of their responsible approach to business.

Mar 06, 2019 Equities

Sustainable investment funds: clear conscience and returns

Increasing numbers of investors are backing ESG funds which select investments according to ethical and ecological criteria.


CIO View

Cookies policy:

This website uses cookies in order to improve user experience. If you accept, we will assume that you are happy with this. For more information about the cookies we use or to find out how you can change your settings, see our Cookies Notice.
Accept All Cookies

Other country

Other country



© 2020 DWS Investment GmbH