Pilot successful: 20 tons of fishing nets transported for recycling

The Healthy Seas initiative celebrates an important milestone in its successful pilot in the North Sea region. More than 20 tons of discarded fishing nets have been brought in so far, and are being stored in the Healthy Seas depot in Scheveningen harbour, the Netherlands. On the 24th of September, these nets are going to be transported to Slovenia, where they will be regenerated into ECONYL® yarn. With these events, the initiative takes the next step forward to more pilots in the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

COR_5647The initial phase of the Healthy Seas initiative focused on activities mainly in the North Sea pilot region (Netherlands and Belgium). Divers’ groups have been active this summer, regularly bringing their recovered waste fishing nets to the Healthy Seas reception and collection facility in Scheveningen. Last weekend, the final mission of the season took place in Dutch waters, executed by the Dutch salvage company PAN Salvage, four divers, photographers and an archaeologist.

The more than 20 tons of waste fishing nets will be transported to Slovenia on 24 September. This is being arranged by Norsk Fiskeriretur AS (Nofir), Healthy Seas’ new Associate Partner.

Healthy Seas – a journey from waste to wear
The main objective of the initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets, from the seas for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter into textile products.