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Norwegian retrieval survey

October 10, 2017

Also this year the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has made a raid on lost fishing gear. After intensive 34 days, the retrieval of ghost nets have been successfully completed. Big amounts of gill nets, pots and ropes were trawled up from the sea bed. Collected nets will be transported to Nofir’s factory for recycling. The retrieval survey took place along the Norwegian coast between Ålesund and the Russian border, in the period between August 21th and September 24th. This year Directorate of Fisheries has prioritized the recovery of gill nets and king crab pots. The amount of equipment taken from the sea was very high.

The result of 2017 retrieval survey:

– ≈ 850 gillnets (total length 24000 meters)

– ≈ 150 king crab pots

– ≈ 44,000 meters of ropes

– ≈ 2000 meters of wires

– ≈ 700 meters of Danish seine ropes

– small amounts of trawls and purse seine nets

Never before have more fishing gear been returned to fishermen than in 2017. Fishermen and other interested parties can access the Fisheries Directorate’s map tool to see what has been removed in the various areas. The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and Nofir have been cooperating since 2010. For 7 years more than 300 bags with equipment have been delivered for recycling. Also this year big amounts of nets will go to Nofir’s factory in Lithuania. In most cases they will end up as a new products.

The cleanup action has been successfully completed. It’s very satisfying to see how many ghost nets we have collected this year but at the same time it’s terrifying to notice an increasing amount of plastics from all categories caught in the fishing gear – says Gjermund Langedal, Project Manager, The Directorate of Fisheries.

New research shows that as much as 20 million tons of plastics end up in the world’s ocean every year. Ghost nets, which are drifting in the sea are extremely dangerous for marine ecosystem killing millions of marine animals annually. The retrieval actions organized by Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries help to reduce amount of plastic pollution in Norwegian waters.