In January 2018, Sea Shepherd UK (SSUK) announced plans to remove hazardous ghost fishing gear from around the Great British coastline.
At the time, SSUK stated that they would work closely with the Marine Management Organisations and other relevant authorities to ensure that ghost fishing equipment is removed safely, legally and without harm to the environment or wildlife.
Now, Sea Shepherd UK has launched a 'Ghostnet Recovery Course' developed in conjunction with SDI.
"The Sea Shepherd UK Ghostnet campaign has been incredibly successful in recovering large amounts of Ghostnets and gear as well as engaging in outreach and education on the issue," stated TDI Consultant Mark Powell. "We were aware that more divers want to get involved in positively helping this environmental hazard, and we acknowledge that there are significant risks in lifting Ghostnets. It's essential that proper training is provided before anyone attempts to lift a net or other lost / discarded fishing gear.
It was logical for us to team up with Sea Shepherd UK to develop and establish this course because it provides a recognised training program that covers all of the surveying, lifting techniques and safety considerations required to perform this activity. We need to ensure that the divers are technically proficient and can partake in the campaign in a matter which is safe to themselves, the environment and other participants."
"Ghostnet Recovery" Course
This will be a two-day course, and will include four dives and theory lessons.
Participants should have a minimum of 100 logged divers and be over 21 in age. They should hold the SDI Advanced Adventurer ticket or equivalent qualification.
The intention is that upon completion participants will be eligible to take part in SSUK's Ghostnet campaign, subject to availability. Courses will be run at inland sites around the UK. These include Capernwray and NDAC. Other centres will be announced at a later date.