Protect a wreck (Netherlands)
There are thousands of shipwrecks lying on the bottom of the North Sea. These wrecks serve as nurseries for different species that are important for the biodiversity of the North Sea. In addition, wrecks serve as diving spots and fishing spots for the gillnet fisherman and anglers. Fishing nearby the wrecks often leads to the nets being hooked on the wrecks and torn apart, which causes ‘ghost-fishing’. As a consequence, anglers often lose their fishing gear because it gets stuck in the ghost-nets. Some gear is made of lead (Pb), which is an important pollutant in the sea.
Project “Protect a wreck” has initiated cooperation between volunteer divers, nature organizations and the anglers association from The Netherlands. Within the project, divers clean the shipwrecks from nets and fishing gear. Material alternatives to lead are being tested and the first models are sold in the angler shops. Photographers and filmmakers are involved in the project, which shows the large scale of the problem to the general public and stakeholders. It further lobbies for the better protection of the wrecks.
The challenge in the project next year is to look for ways to recycle all the fishing nets collected.
|Place / Location||Netherlands|
|Commencement Date||January 2011|
|Duration||Ongoing (until December 2013)|
|Theme||Mitigation, Awareness (Cross-cutting)|
|Type of Initiative||Campaign, Practice/ Activity/ Action|
|Initiated by||EUCC, Sportvisserij Nederland (Dutch Angler Association) Stichting de Noordzee (Northsea Foundation), Duik de Noordzee schoon (foundation of divers that clean the schipwrecks)|
|Gillnet fisherman, anglers, divers, salvagers, politicians, policy makers, nature organisations, Dutch Government|
|Funding/Financial Support||Yes, by the National Postcode Lottery|
|Success Rate||Very successful|
|Case Study prepared by||
EUCC projectleaders Pascal van Erp & Mike Mannaartp.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lotte Kauffman, EUCC
Patrycja Czerniak, EUCC