The end of ghost fishing

To end 2023 on a high note! updateDifficult visibility conditions!

To end 2023 on a high note!

The year 2023 came to a close with the removal of two old nets on Cap d'Antibes. The coralligenous reefs thus freed up will be able to regenerate.
Over 2023, a huge amount of work has been achieved thanks to your donations... follow the project news for an update soon!! 

Reacting quickly to minimize the impact of fishing nets updateA tricky net for our divers!

Reacting quickly to minimize the impact of fishing nets

Capricious weather dragged this fishing net onto the Enfer de Dente in Golfe-Juan, a fragile site renowned for its gorgonian-rich coralligenous zone. Quickly alerted by the fisherman, we intervened to help remove the net and minimize its impact. Several gorgonians were replanted on site, and the small lobsters were returned to the water.
A fine example of fishermen and divers working together to reduce the impact of our respective activities.

Prospecting between Monaco and Italy updateLong dives in search of nets

Prospecting between Monaco and Italy

In October, we were commissioned by the Département des Alpes-Maritimes to record lost nets in the Natura 2000 area of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, between Monaco and Italy.
Our divers spent long hours diving, covering more than 10 km using underwater scooters!
These surveys are essential to assess and prepare for future dives to remove these nets.

A net... in a tree! updateNet hauled aboard fishing boat

A net... in a tree!

Contacted by a fisherman, we set off to help him retrieve his net hanging on the bottom at the mouth of the Var river. What a surprise when we found ourselves in front of a huge tree planted vertically at a depth of 30m, the net caught in its branches! An unreal dive! The tree must have been swept down there during the storm Alex of 2020, which devastated the Vésubie valley!

We were able to unhook the net, which was then hauled up by the fisherman. 

A fine example of collaboration to reduce the impact of fishing on the marine environment.

Prospecting in July updateDiver taking GPS point of a net

Prospecting in July

The month of July was marked by a major prospection phase in the Estérel-Théoule Marine Park. Long hours spent criss-crossing the seabed in search of abandoned nets. Around twenty small nets were identified, and will be removed shortly.

An intense June for our divers! update

An intense June for our divers!

7 nets have been removed from our bottoms in the Antibes, Cannes and Iles de Lérins Natura 2000 zone! 
A total of 1100 m and 2300 m2 less nets! Cleaned coralligenous reefs that will be able to regenerate themselves!
Thank you for your support 🙏

Withdrawal of 3 nets in the Natura 2000 area Antibes, Cannes and Îles de Lérins updateOne less ghost net!

Withdrawal of 3 nets in the Natura 2000 area Antibes, Cannes and Îles de Lérins

An intense week for our divers with the removal of 3 fishing nets in the Natura 2000 area Antibes, Cannes and Îles de Lérins:
  •  - an old net on Cap d'Antibes (Grand Boule site) at a depth of 30 meters,
  •  - a small net on Ile Sainte Marguerite (Batéguier site) at a depth of 25 meters,
  •  - an 800-meter-long net at a depth of 50 meters on Cap d'Antibes (Calafate site), which was brought to our attention by a fisherman who had lost it.
  • Thank you so much for your support!

A new tool for net prospecting updateAn ROV in search of abandoned nets

A new tool for net prospecting

During the month of May, we tested new tools for locating ghost nets, such as this small underwater robot controlled from the surface (ROV - Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle) and capable of descending to a depth of 100m.
After removing 10 nets last year, let's hope these new tools can help us reach our goal of removing 30 nets this year 💪

One less net! updateDivers in action!

One less net!

The beginning of the year was marked by numerous prospecting dives in the Cannes and Antibes area in search of lost nets. A few old nets were spotted and will be removed shortly.
In March, the first net of the year was removed from the seabed.

In the coming months, removal operations will accelerate... thanks to your support for our actions to preserve our oceans!

The project is progressing well! updateThe latest addition to the association: the Kraken!

The project is progressing well!

Between the search for funding and technical preparations, we're getting ready to attack the search for nets in the coming weeks. An important element of the project, we have invested in a more efficient vessel: the Kraken!

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