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Healthy Seas? Stop ghost-fishing! North Sea - RAC Ate Oostra Berlin, October 2012. The “100 wrecks clean up project”, part of the “Healthy Sea Programme”. Participating organisations: Vereniging Kust & Zee (Dutch Branch of Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC)

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Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

  • Healthy Seas?

  • Stop ghost-fishing!

    North Sea - RAC

    Ate Oostra

    Berlin, October 2012


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

The “100 wrecks clean up project”, part of the “Healthy Sea Programme”

  • Participating organisations:

  • Vereniging Kust & Zee

  • (Dutch Branch of Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC)

  • Duik de Noordzee Schoon (voluntary divers)

  • North Sea Foundation

  • Sportvisserij Nederland

  • Project is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery (NPL)


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

  • Facts:

  • Thousands of shipwrecks are present in the North Sea (e.g. over 3000 in the Dutch part alone)

  • Gradual disappearance of the seafloor’s hard substrate (rocks and pebbles), makes wrecks increasingly

  • important to plants and animals

  • A wrack is home to appr. 250 species of which 90% is not present at the sandy seafloor at all

  • Shipwrecks are true biological hotspots!

  • However, nets of the fishing industry and lines and lead weights of anglers get stuck, causing littering and ghost-fishing


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

This is how littered shipwrecks look like


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

  • Facts:

  • Appr. 6000 kg of fishing nets are presentlyremovedannually (<33 cleanedwrecksonly , and there are thousands of wrecks present)

  • “Catching capacity of static cod-gear over a wreck continued for 2 years at low level" ("The catching capacity of lost static gears“, Mike Pawson. CEFAS # 33. HT UK.)

  • Considerablequanties of lead (hundreds of tons of leadweights) are lost at wrecksannually,Dutch NorthSeaonly

  • Fish and crabsgetcaught and die…


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

Project Gezonde Zee: wrakken vol leven


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

The joint project:

Divers clean up 100 shipwrecks in the Dutch North-Sea (2011-2013)

Meetings with stakeholders and policy makers to formulate new policies to address the issue

Development of new materials: alternatives to lead, lead weights and fishlines (biolines)

Production of films and photos

Informing the public at large


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

Project Gezonde Zee: wrakken vol leven


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

Project Gezonde Zee: wrakken vol leven


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

Cleaning up wrecks


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

How could we help the sea, yourself and us?

  • Avoid fishing too closely to shipwrecks, neither with e.g. bottom trawling nets nor gill-nets

  • Do not lose nets

  • Could we jointly try to develop the right policy? contact us to this end! if possible before 10 th of November when a meeting of stakeholders is envisaged.

  • Further information can be obtained at, Mike Mannaart, Project Manager:

  • [email protected]


Healthy seas stop ghost fishing north sea rac ate oostra berlin october 2012

  • Thank you for your attention

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