Ghost Nets to Good Nets

The Good Net project is a team effort between FIVB and environmental groups, acting as one to remove Ghost Nets from the ocean and give them new life as volleyball nets.

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A Marine Conservation Problem

A Marine Conservation Problem

Ghost nets are lost, abandoned or discarded fishing nets.

They are the most harmful kind of marine waste: turtles, whales, dolphins - even humans – can become entangled in these traps and slowly die of exhaustion, suffocation or starvation.

Ghost nets can last for centuries, drifting through the oceans while continuing to kill and posing a growing threat to the marine ecosystem.

Around the UK, at least one large sea mammal dies from becoming trapped in a ghost net every week.

average of 70
large whales
become entangled in
ghost nets every year
along the US
west coast

has become the leading
cause of death for whales
in the atlantic

837 nets
were recovered
in washington with over
32 000 marine animals
trapped inside

Around the us,
at least one large
sea mammal dies from
becoming trapped in
a ghost net
every week

A Plastic Pollution Problem

A Plastic Pollution Problem

By 2050, the plastic in the sea will outweigh the fish. A vast amount of the plastic in our oceans is abandoned fishing gear. Ghost nets are the deadliest kind of plastic waste and 640 000 tons of fishing gear are left in the oceans every year.

At least 46% of the plastic in the “Great Pacific garbage patch,”- a floating gyre the size of France made up of plastic - consists of abandoned fishing nets.

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Our solution:
Removing ghost nets...

FIVB has teamed up with the Ghost Fishing Foundation, whose collaborators include the Healthy Seas Initiative, World Animal Protection and Greenpeace. Ghost Fishing works with local groups of divers and salvage companies, to successfully remove ghost nets from seas and oceans around the world.

them into beach volleyball nets.

Giving ghost nets new life as volleyball nets is a powerful example of the circular economy that is key to a sustainable future for us all. The Good Net project is already using the traditional techniques used to repair fishing nets in order to upcycle them into volleyball nets. And with ghost nets now being recycling into nylon yarn for widespread use, the next step will be to create new nets from old.

The good Net journey.

The Good Net project was launched in March 2019 in Copacabana. For the first time, upcycled fishing nets were used by renown volleyball champions and kids to play volleyball.
Why Copacabana? It’s the spiritual home of beach volleyball, the sport’s most recent Olympic venue and home to a commercial fishing community.

From Copacabana, Good Nets will spread around the world as part of the FIVB’s global schedule of beach volleyball and volleyball competitions and also at some key local events.

Here is the list of the next events supporting this project:

July 5-6th Hamburg, Germany Beach Volleyball World Championships
September 4th Rome, Italy BVB World Tour Finals
July 6th Den Haag, The Netherlands SBVC Mega Beach
More events to come in 2019 and 2020


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