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The end of ghost fishing

BiodiversityDecontaminationProvence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
With 250 €,
NaturDive finances:
1 dive(s) in search of abandoned nets
14,089 €15,000 €
3021 Captains


Lost fishing nets impact biodiversity: they physically destroy habitat and chemically contaminate the trophic chain of marine ecosystems. These nets, most often lost accidentally, must be removed from the seabed as quickly as possible to minimize their impact on biodiversity.


In partnership with artisanal fishermen in the Cannes and Antibes area, the project covers several actions:
- prospecting and spotting nets by diving;
- assessing the impact of each net on its environment and its removal;
- removal of nets by professional divers;
- evacuation and research into possible reprocessing solutions.
NaturDive primary
NaturDive secondary

Recent result

In 2022, as part of the RECUPMED2 call for projects led by the Office Français de la Biodiversité (OFB), a survey campaign removed ten nets from the Cannes, Antibes and Iles de Lérins Natura 2000 area, in partnership with artisanal fishermen.

The money will be used for

The funds raised will cover the costs associated with the diving activity (professional divers) and logistics (boat and petrol). NaturDive will also be able to increase the project's visibility among various sea users to improve the reporting of lost nets.


In 2023, by involving artisanal fishermen, remove more than ten fishing nets from Natura 2000 areas in the Alpes-
Maritimes department, equivalent to 2 km of nets and 5000 m2 of plastic materials.
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