Ghost NetWork

Collecting GhostNets from the oceans to save marine life

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?


It is our ambition to create a network of ocean-care organizations, fostering circular economy and scaling the impact that each member is able to achieve.  

All the collected ghost nets will be passed onto our partners, who turn the waste into amazing products like sunglasses, backpacks and diving fins. The technology is rapidly developing and people come up with newer and cooler possibilities to reuse ocean plastics every day. Our goal is to help the flow of information and connect all stakeholders who can benefit from our waste. 


We will collaborate with NGOs like Sea Shepherd, Sciena, Lixo Vivo and United 4 the sea.


Also with logistic companies and local entities.

In collaboration with Lixo Vivo we will also educate people and fishermen on how to collect ocean plastic and how to make correct clean-ups. The creation of community and the common will and purpose is the key to make a sustainable a change, to make a great impact!

How can you help?

At the moment the project is under a pilot phase, all kinds of contribution and collaboration is highly appreciated! Should you be intrested to join our cause, do not hesitate to contact us at or check below how can you get involved!



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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


Ghost NETWork

+351 919 216 082


Vera Galhardo

+351 914 168 555

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