Our recovered fishing nets will be recycled as much as possible. Aquafil, Ghost Fishing and Star Sock have together established the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative. The main objective of the Healthy Seas initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter, from the seas for the purpose of recycling these into textile products. Recovered fishing nets are still all too often dumped into landfills or burned, but as part of the Healthy Seas initiative they will be transformed and regenerated into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material used to create new products, such as socks, swimwear, underwear, carpets, etc.
Ghost Fishing is an official affiliate of Global Underwater Explorers (GUE). This status is available to organizations who are engaged in ongoing research, exploration or conservation activities; these efforts ultimately support GUE’s broad global mission, encouraging local conservation programs and supporting the expansion of local activism.Ghost Fishing is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of our planet’s underwater regions and achieves its goals by applying the philosophies and standards taught by GUE. To that end, Ghost Fishing promotes and encourages GUE training to all divers who want to be physically involved in our work.
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. The GGGI aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals, and safeguard human health and livelihoods.
Launched in September 2015 and founded on the best available science and technology, the GGGI is the first initiative dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale. The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of its participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Every participant has a critical role to play to mitigate ghost gear locally, regionally and globally.
As a partner of Mission Blue, we signify that we are part of a broad ocean conservation collective that supports Dr. Sylvia Earle’s wish. The Sylvia Earle Alliance is working with partners to grow Mission Blue into a global initiative, with multi-sector participants. Representatives from governments, businesses, philanthropy, science and media are joining together under Mission Blue to explore, restore, and protect the Ocean. The Sylvia Earle Alliance promotes Mission Blue and its partners through public engagements, social and traditional media and through its expansive network.
The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (Dutch: Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij, abbreviated: KNRM) is the voluntary organization in the Netherlands tasked with saving lives at sea. For that purpose, it maintains 39 lifeboat stations along the Dutch coast of the North Sea and Wadden Sea and on the IJsselmeer. Its headquarters have been in IJmuiden since 1996. The KNRM also operates the Dutch Radio Medical Service (a task taken over from the Dutch Red Cross on January 1, 1999) and provides medical advice by radio to about 900 ships each year. Yearly they have about 1700 distress calls with about 3500 people saved (2008).
Like the comparable Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which operates in the UK and Ireland, and German Maritime Search and Rescue Service, the KNRM is entirely financed by private donations. Ghost Fishing divers support KNRM Katwijk aan Zee with exchange of knowledge and practice several times a year with the rescuers in an emergency at sea.
To make our projects successful, we set high standards for technical diving equipment. Tecline by ScubaTech are products dedicated for professional divers and supports us here for years. We test their equipment to the maximum limits and we are convinced that there is no competition here. Why compromise if you can work with the best equipment?
Ursuit is well know in diving/immersion dry suits, diving equipment and swimming gear for all water related activities, both for commercial as well as official users, and consumers. They feel that the safety related to activities on and under water can still be improved in so many ways, and we admit that, with that vision, they are aiming high because we know that wearing appropriate gear creates safety but, what’s more important, comfort.
Ammonite System lighting systems are 100% designed and produced in Poland. The company cooperates with the best producers of electronic components, casings, optical devices, as well as machining specialists. All components are carefully selected – if imported, they are solely recognised brand products, mainly American and Japanese. Ammonite System keeps on developing. It is their passion to design new lighting equipment models and upgrade the existing top products. The Dutch Ghost Fishing team is equipped with Ammonite System light and heating solutions to support them in their missions.
SANTI brand is a warranty of highest quality and safety for those who want to go further in their diving experience, who seek best protection and functionality. Divers all over the word, from California and Florida coasts to Korea and Australia appreciate all SANTI features and experience which was involved in development of products which the best divers use today. Their mission is to support all divers so that diving would be the most pleasant, easy and safe.
Subsupply is one of the smallest independent family businesses in the world of commercial divers and sport divers and perhaps the smallest A-brand in The Netherlands. Since 2001 Subsupply designs and produces sheaths for Green River knives, the dive knife for commercial divers around the world. Besides the production of the sheaths, they also produce gloves and tool bags in-house where slightest changes or desired customer specifications (depending on the number) can be implemented quickly.
The Fourth Element Technical range is designed around the principles of performance, innovation and function. Using the latest fabric technology in unique combinations and designs, the Fourth Element Technical range revolutionises thermal protection for both Wetsuit and Drysuit diving.
The Ocean Positive range reverses the traditional Cradle to Grave product development model to deliver a Grave to Cradle solution, to produce a product designed by divers, made from marine waste, sourced by divers.
OceanPositive swimwear and hydroskin rashguards are made using recycled nylon from fishing nets which have been abandoned by fishing vessels having snagged on reef, wrecks etc. Fourth Element uses fabric made from ECONYLl®, the recycled yarn, combined with Lycra® to make a line of active swimwear.
Scuba Academie is a NAUI/GUE recreational and technical diving facility located in Vinkeveen (The Netherlands) supporting the broader goals of Ghost Fishing. This facility is committed to train divers in ghost net and fishing gear removal and qualitative wreck diving courses. Scuba Academie provides access to all technical -standard- gasses and appropriate dive equipment. They operate within our standards.
Hollywood Divers is a PADI/NAUI/GUE recreational and technical diving facility located in Los Angeles (United States) supporting the broader goals of Ghost Fishing. This facility is committed to train divers in ghost net and fishing gear removal and qualitative wreck diving courses. Hollywood Divers provides access to all technical -standard- gasses and appropriate dive equipment. They operate within our standards.