Abandonded Nets Retrieved, Santorini

An international team of eight volunteers from the Netherlands, France and Greece have taken part in a dive off Santorini to remove lost or abandoned fishing nets in the caldera.

The divers managed to clear a huge net spanning about 150 metres from the sea. Old and abandoned nets, also called ghost nests, are dangerous to sea creatures, causing them to become entangled and suffer agonising deaths.

Ghost nets are also dangerous since they are made of plastic, particles of which end up in the human food chain.

The mission was organized by ‘Healthy Seas’ along with Cousteau Divers, Ghost Fishing and the Atlantis Oia diving centre. The Italian diving fabric maker Carvico S.p.A. was the exclusive sponsor of the event.