In 2015 we did lost fishing gear surveys in the German North Sea in preparation for a bigger Greenpeace Campaign focussing on this subject. This misson, operating from the Greenpeace Beluga II, we retrieved a GIANT part of an old bottom trawl net acting as a ‘floating patch’ still catching underwater life and a lot of other lost fishing gear including dolly ropes. Remember, the seabed of this realtively small German part of the North Sea is covered with about 1000(!) ship wrecks – each one of them a HOTSPOT for lost fishing gear. Can you imagine how much PLASTIC POLLUTION this means from trawling activities alone?
Thanks to Greenpeace Deutschland for this smooth and strong cooperation in fighting against this big environmental issue!