Ireland Project 2018

The plan
The international Ghost Fishing foundation in collaboration with Ghost Fishing UK will retrieve abandoned or lost fishing nets, fishing gear and other marine debris with their passionate technical divers from local wrecks and reefs. It will be our first project in Ireland. Due to the information we gathered the focus has shifted to Ireland in general.

About South Ireland
South Ireland is one of the richest areas for whale and dolphin watching in Europe. Its coastal waters are a summer feeding ground for a number of whale species and a year round home for several resident dolphin species including the Harbour Porpoise. Fin Whales, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales are commonly seen, there are frequent sightings of other dolphin species including Bottlenose Dolphins and Risso’s Dolphins. 24 species of the world’s whales and dolphins have been recorded in Irish waters. At least 24 reasons to take care of their protection. To protect their habitat.

The problem
As everywhere in the oceans, lost nets, fishing gear and other marine debris pose a threat to their life. Often drifted with ocean currents over huge distances. This lost fishing gear leads to the so-called „ghost fishing“: Caught fish die and attract predators which will get caught in the same net. Entangled, starved to death, injured. The ghost net becomes a deadly trap: It continuously catches fish, birds and marine mammals for many decades at the seabed. An estimated 640,000 tonnes of lost fishing nets kill more than 136,000 seals, sea lions and whales every year, in addition to millions of birds, turtles and fish.

The project
The Ghost Fishing foundation was contacted and wants to interrupt this vicious circle. Alongside with local partners like marine zoologist Nic Slocum from Whale Watch West Cork and Matt Jevon (South West Technical Diving, Kinsale). Our aim is not only to remove the nets but to create awareness on the problem by sharing photos and films of the clean-up project.


Latest (Press Release – August 10, 2018)
The last week of may two members of our team were scouting the area and have plotted locations with GPS where lost gear was found. On all dives locations were plotted. Among the finds were bundles of nets and lobster pots. Using the plotted locations the lost pots will be recovered by a team of Dutch, UK and local divers during the coming operation. See the project page on Facebook for more.

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IBAN: NL92 TRIO 0777 8907 55
Reference: IRELAND

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Raised € 14.247,5 of € 18.000 ( status on June 8th 2018 )

14,248 / 18,000

More info:

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Download the Project Ireland 2018 (PDF) leaflet in English or German

Companies willing to sponsor can be listed here with company logo in order of donated amount (highest amount first)

  • Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine The Gesellschaft zur Rettung der Delphine donated 5000 euros for this project.
  •  € 3500 comes from The Tauchen Award 2018 event
  • Lush donated 3000 euros out of their charity pot
  • Dapper Tattoo Dapper Tattoo donated €500 in februari 2018 and in may auctioned off some ocean related tattoos of which the proceeds were donated to Ghost Fishing.

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Arved Fuchs

His statement on Ghost Fishing:

“Lost and abandoned drifting fishing nets, known as “ghost nets”, continue to catch fish and marine organisms unchecked even after they have been washed ashore by the surge. They are leftovers from deep sea fishing which have become detached and drift off during the fishing trip. They are death traps for all marine mammals and fish, as well as for wild land animals, who get caught in the nets and perish agonizingly. It is for this reason that I welcome the initiative by the Ghost Fishing divers, whose campaign of recovering the ghost nets in cooperation with people on-site and of disposing of them is fantastic.”

About Arved Fuchs:

Arved Fuchs is the first person to have reached both the North and the South Pole on foot in one year. At the same time he managed to completely cross the Antarctic continent with the alpinist Reinhold Messner in 92 days.

With his sailboat the “Dagmar Aaen”, Arved Fuchs did a complete rounding the North Pole – meaning to say the first sail around the world on the Arctic route.

Arved Fuchs has written 18 books. Many television documentaries and magazine articles have appeared about his expeditions; for example “National Geographic”, “GEO” and “Stern”.

Expedition “Ocean Change”:

The 85-year-old cutter „Dagmar Aaen“ returned to the harbor in Hamburg exactly one year after her departure. During this long sail which went through the tropics and around Cape Horn to the Antarctic, Arved Fuchs and a total of 44 crew members travelled with the “Dagmar Aaen” to eleven different countries.

The expedition “Ocean Change” focused on the changes which are taking place in the world’s oceans. Especially the problems of overfishing and the pollution caused by plastic garbage were documented during the long journey.