According to a joint report by the FAO (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation) and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), an estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in our oceans each year, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter.
Ghost Fishing UK is an established, underwater conservation team, which is comprised entirely of volunteers. These experienced and dedicated scuba divers have been cleaning up the sea floor in Scapa Flow, Orkney since 2015.The clean-up action in Plymouth is sponsored by ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’. Healthy Seas is an international initiative that recovers abandoned fishing nets for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter into textile products. The recovered fishing nets are transformed and regenerated into ECONYL® yarn, a high-quality raw material which is then turned into brand new sustainable textiles such as Milliken carpets.
Alison Kitchingman, Marketing & Design Director at Milliken comments;
“At Milliken we’re very proud to be able to support Healthy Seas’ first UK clean-up action. Milliken has been a partner of Healthy Seas since 2016, but as a UK manufacturer this action really resonates with us and we are delighted to be able to back it.”
The team is being supported by Aquanauts Dive Centre, Healthy Seas and Milliken all of which will be joining the team to support the mission and share awareness of the problem of ghost nets.
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