Ghost fishing gear kills millions of marine animals each year. Porpoises in the Baltic Sea are among the most vulnerable small whale population in Europe. Their stock is permanently declining due to gillnet fishery and trawl nets, among other threats.
From June 10-12th, together with the Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine (GRD), we will tackle this problem by performing a ghost gear removal operation (Operation German Baltic) at shipwrecks located in the seabed near Rügen that are covered by massive trawl nets. Our aim is to help protect this critically endangered species, as classified by the IUCN Red List. The nets recovered will be sent to Nofir A.S. for recycling.