The campaign focuses on gillnet fishing, one of the most common methods of catching herring, flatfish and other species in the Baltic Sea. During our patrols, we document the impact of gillnet fishing and report violations of current conservation laws, such as discard bans and cod catch limits. Cod can now only be landed as bycatch in EU waters of the Baltic Sea after the fishery collapsed due to climate change and overfishing.
We also address the pollution caused by fishing by removing deadly marine debris such as ghostnets from the waters. Using the right equipment and specially trained divers, the nets are located, recovered, disposed of properly or, where possible, cleaned and upcycled in an environmentally friendly manner.
On land, we organise numerous coastal cleanups along the Baltic Sea. Our teams are also busy cleaning up local lakes, rivers and other waterways in many parts of Germany.