Removal of remaining fishing tools in the Telašćica Nature Park has begun

Mapping, and then removing the nets, was carried out in a strictly protected zone with no fishing allowed.

Author  HrTurizam.hr

16. May 2024.

This week, experts from the world organization for nature protection WWF and their colleagues from the Zagreb Underwater Sports Association mapped the seabed next to the famous cliffs in the Telašćica Nature Park and began extracting residual fishing gear that has been at the bottom for many years.

These are fishing nets and fishing nets that are fatal for 66% of marine mammals and 50% of seabirds, while most fish that get entangled in them die in agony. 

"The problem of residual fishing gear is huge. In addition to affecting the living world in the sea, these nets are a source of plastic pollution that has a negative effect on us, humans.", He points out Patrik Krstinic, head of the marine program at WWF Adriatic.

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"Our goal is to completely clean the undersea in the protected zone of Telašćica, because there should be no fishing nets in that zone at all. If a net appears in the future, it will be the result of illegal fishing", he adds.

WWF has so far mapped a significant part of the Zadar Archipelago and the Vis water area, and their goal in the next three years is to remove 30 tons of residual fishing gear from the Adriatic Sea, which threatens marine biodiversity and habitats.

Photo: Petra Boić Petrač / WWF Adria
Photo: Petra Boić Petrač / WWF Adria

In addition, they point out, they want preventive measures and regulations to facilitate the disposal of fishing gear to be adopted at both the local and national level.

WWF and DPS experts held this one workshops with elementary school students on Dugi otok, who learned about the harmful effects of abandoned and left-over fishing tools in the sea.

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They also met with fishermen at their regular meeting of the Local Advisory Council for Fisheries in the Telašćica Nature Park. Joint management of fisheries in the Park is based precisely on good cooperation with fishermen.

Over the last few years, WWF has launched small-scale projects across the Mediterranean with a focus on freeing the seabed of residual fishing gear by carrying out removal activities and raising awareness among fishermen and coastal communities.

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WWF Adria implements two projects - "Increasing the efficiency of management of the natural resources of the Telašćica Nature Park (MedFund) and Ghost Gear - whose goal is to reduce the amount of discarded fishing gear by finding innovative preventive solutions and supporting a zero-waste model.

In addition to removing tools from already mapped areas, the goal is to map the entire area of ​​Dugi otok, not just the zone along the cliffs, where fishing is prohibited.

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Cover photo: Daniel Kanski

Author  HrTurizam.hr

16. May 2024.