Removal of derelict fishing gear, lost or discarded by fishermen in the Baltic Sea
Project Summary Report of the ghost net retrieval project undertaken in Polish waters by fishermen and divers
Derelict nets, also known as "ghost nets", is a global problem that causes negative impact on the marine environment with long-term continual catch of marine life after the nets have been lost. Fish, marine mammals and seabirds are found entagled and trapped in nets left to die. WWF Poland has carried out, since 2011, many acitvities to remove derelict fishing gear in the Baltic Sea in collaboration with fishermen and divers. This report gives a summary of their most recent project carried out in the summer of 2015 with 100 fishing vessels and divers engaged in an operation of retrieving a total of 268 tonnes of material, mainly nets and rope.