Healthy Seas? Stop ghost-fishing! North Sea - RAC Ate Oostra Berlin, October 2012.

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Transcript of Healthy Seas? Stop ghost-fishing! North Sea - RAC Ate Oostra Berlin, October 2012.

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  • Healthy Seas? Stop ghost-fishing! North Sea - RAC Ate Oostra Berlin, October 2012
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  • Participating organisations: Vereniging Kust & Zee (Dutch Branch of Coastal & Marine Union - EUCC) Duik de Noordzee Schoon (voluntary divers) North Sea Foundation Sportvisserij Nederland Project is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery (NPL) The 100 wrecks clean up project, part of the Healthy Sea Programme
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  • Facts: Thousands of shipwrecks are present in the North Sea (e.g. over 3000 in the Dutch part alone) Gradual disappearance of the seafloors hard substrate (rocks and pebbles), makes wrecks increasingly important to plants and animals A wrack is home to appr. 250 species of which 90% is not present at the sandy seafloor at all Shipwrecks are true biological hotspots! However, nets of the fishing industry and lines and lead weights of anglers get stuck, causing littering and ghost- fishing
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  • This is how littered shipwrecks look like
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  • Facts: Appr. 6000 kg of fishing nets are presently removed annually (