During a survey dive in 2016, Ghost Fishing, an international non-profit organization of volunteer technical divers, spotted discarded fishing gear in several popular diving spots around Santorini. Fishing nets, lost, discarded or abandoned in the seas, are often called “ghost nets” and pose a major threat to biodiversity as they continue to catch fish and other marine animals without human involvement.
This year, on June 8th, World Oceans Day, an international team consisting of eight divers will return Santorini to remove them and help protect the island’s fragile marine environment. This is a Healthy Seas and Cousteau Divers initiative that – under the auspices of the Municipality of Thira – will live stream how divers remove ghost nets from the caldera area.
An experienced team of the Ghost Fishing technical divers will undertake this highly demanding diving mission. The removed nets will be delivered by Healthy Seas to Aquafil, which will transform them into ECONYL® yarn to later be used for the production of swimwear.
The event will be live streamed on June 8 at 11 am via Facebook, as Pierre-Yves Cousteau will be taking the public on a journey above and beneath the waves.
The public can also send their questions using #SaveYourBreath on Facebook, instagram and Twitter.