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The Seahorse Underwater Club among the top ten in clearing “ghost stones”

Diving clubs throughout Norway help to clear the coast for lost fishing gear, often referred to as “ghost stones”. At the top ten in Norway, Havhesten is underwater club in Tananger.

Lost fishing gear looms the sea and kills fish and shellfish. These divers are making a huge effort in the fight against ghost fishing and littering, says Fisheries Minister Harald T. Nesvik in a press release sent by the Ministry of Trade and Fisheries on Monday.

In a separate app, recreational fishermen can report lost fishing equipment, what is lost and where it was lost. It makes the job much easier for the divers who pick it up. So far, diving clubs all over the country have picked up 1132 rails, yarns, cruises and other lost fishing gear from the sea. The diving clubs are remunerated by the Norwegian Diving Association to report the found gear, the press release says.

Seahorse among the top ten

A total of 40 Norwegian diving clubs participate in the work to keep the sea clean. Sea horse Underwater club in Tananger sails into a fourth place in the top ten of Norwegian clubs that contribute to cleaner seabed. Søgne Diving Club is at the top with 181 registered tools, while Mandal diving club comes in second place with 149 cleared tools. Drøbak Underwater Club has found 92 tools, and beats Havhesten with 8 tools. The Seahorse Underwater Club thus separates with 84 tools.

The figures apply from January to April 2019.

The fisherman’s responsibility

The Ministry states in the same message that it is the fisherman’s responsibility that the tools are not lost, and the fisherman is responsible for implementing measures that prevent the loss of tools. This means, among other things, getting to know the ground conditions and current conditions where you plan to fish. The Ministry also emphasizes the importance of overseeing the tools you set out so that they do not stay longer than is necessary.

– Anyone who runs recreational fishing is responsible for preventing tools from being left or lost. We therefore encourage everyone to report. It is good for marine life, and helps us gain more knowledge, says senior adviser Trond Ottemo at the regulating section of the Directorate of Fisheries about the aforementioned app where lost tools can be registered.