Collecting GhostNets from

the oceans to save marine life

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Our Mission

Our Mission is to take GhostNets from the coastlines, save marine life and give life to the nets by turning them into circular products!

What is a Ghost Net? Why Ghost Nets propose such a huge threat?

There are shocking statistics concerning ghost nets and their implications on marine life. Up to 30% of all fish are caught in ghost nets. Roughly 10%, or 640,000 tons of all marine debris are caught in ghost nets. At present, and counting, there have been thousands of seabirds, 20,000 northern fur seals, and 500,000 octopi caught in ghost nets.
Caught fish die and, in turn, attract scavengers that will get caught in the same net, therefore creating a vicious circle and negatively impacting the marine ecosystem. Lost fishing gear, or so-called ‘ghost gear’ is among the greatest killers in our oceans, and not only because of their numbers.

What do we do?

Ghost NetWork will put containers in all fishing ports throughout Portugal, so fishermen can discard their broken and unnecessary fishing nets, the containers will be designed by local artists and give a cultural feeling to the port areas. We will also make many diving operations with local NGOs and dive centres. After being successfully collected, the debris will be sent to different startups and artists as raw material. By doing this we not only save marine life but also foster a circular economy.

What can be made from Ghost Nets?

Ghost NetWork will put containers in all fishing ports throughout Portugal, so fishermen can discard their broken and unnecessary fishing nets, the containers will be designed by local artists and give a cultural feeling to the port areas. We will also make many diving operations with local NGOs and dive centres. After being successfully collected, the debris will be sent to different startups and artists as raw material. By doing this we not only save marine life but also foster a circular economy.

The Community Watch

If you spot ghost fishing gear around the coast of Portugal, please let us know right away! Send us the details of the threat through our Report Form