Ghost Net Campaign: In Pictures

Friday, 18 Nov, 2022

The M/Y Sea Eagle has been working side by side with a team of professional divers from Capo Murro Diving Centre and the local Coast Guard to remove abandoned or discarded fishing nets (known as "ghost nets") from Plemmirio waters off Syracuse, Italy. 


Take a look at photos from our 2022 Ghost Net Campaign  ⬇

Crew from the M/Y Sea Eagle work together to pull a large section of net over the bow. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd
One of the many ghost nets under water while being lifted out by the deckteam onboard the Sea Eagle. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd
Professional Diver Enrico Salierno helps the divers lighten their load so that they can board the boat easily. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd
Crewmember Ari carefully inspects the net for marine life before passing it over to the next person in line. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd

"Retrieving driftnets has been both extremely satisfying and heartbreaking. The incredible effort that both the diving team and the Sea Eagle team put into the removal of those “walls of death” at the bottom of the sea really rewarded us with many saved lives."

- M/Y Sea Eagle Crewmember, Ari.
On the 17th November, 9 animals were saved, 33 hooks removed, and 60m of line retrieved after our crew on the M/Y Sea Eagle retrieved an illegal long line.
A stingray is brought onboard so a hook can be carefully removed from it’s mouth before it is returned to the water. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd
A beautiful Lampuga before the crew freed it from the hook. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd
Andrea, SISO Campaign Manager, removes a hook from the Lampuga’s mouth. Photo: Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd
Sadly our team discovered a dead Swordfish but thanks to the hard work of our crew, this longline won't kill another life. Claire Foster / Sea Shepherd

“Once a fishing net is lost/abandoned at sea, it still continues to 'fish'. They are completely unbiased, killing anything that cannot escape it's grasp. This campaign has been a prime example of how lethal ghost nets are and why so much more needs be done to prevent the ecological disaster that is being created by the fishing industry. I'm lucky to be a crew member on board Sea Shepherds M/Y Sea Eagle, where we have saved so many marine species during every campaign.”

- M/Y Sea Eagle Engineer, Matt.
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