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The problem with networks - documentary film

There is no need to convince anyone how dangerous broken and abandoned nets are. Ghost nets are lurking in the depths, most often around wrecks they have been pulled over. An inattentive diver may pay the highest price if he gets entangled in one of them. Nets are particularly dangerous in the Baltic Sea, where
Published: March 31, 2012 - 19:28
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 05:59
The problem with networks – documentary film

There is no need to convince anyone how dangerous broken and abandoned nets are. Ghost nets are lurking in the depths, most often around wrecks they have been pulled over. An inattentive diver may pay the highest price if he gets entangled in one of them.

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Nets are particularly dangerous in the Baltic Sea, where the waters are murky and cold and visibility is often severely restricted. For this reason, a diver in his native waters should be equipped with at least two different cutting tools. Knife, secateurs, scissors or the increasingly sophisticated cutting gadgets complement each other, depending on the situation.

According to the filmmakers’ estimates, 165km of nets are abandoned in Swedish waters alone every year! Taking the whole Baltic Sea and calculating the total number of nets that are permanently left in the sea on the basis of these data, we come to an astronomical number of 1320km per year!

There is no doubt that this is a very serious problem which has still not been resolved, making the waters of the Baltic Sea dangerous not only for divers but also for its inhabitants.

There is also a Polish accent in the film. One of the people to whom the authors of the film turned with a question about lost nets is Łukasz Piórewcz from the Diving Technology Centre in Gdynia.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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