Expedition 2020: Cleaning up the Wadden Sea

Stichting Duik de Noordzee Schoon (SDDNZS) is a group of dedicated volunteers committing their time to achieve a cleaner and healthier North Sea, preserve biodiversity, cultural heritage, and the recovery of reefs in the North Sea. SDDNZS specialises in the recovery of lost fishing nets (ghost nets), plastics, and other rubbish in the marine environment.
 
Waddensea Clean Up
Waddensea Clean Up

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The Project

At least 800.000 kilo of cargo and containers from the disaster with the MSC Zoe is still unaccounted for. A lot of the cargo is made from plastic. Much of this plastic cargo will sink and aggregate on underwater obstacles such as shipwrecks, but also on ecologically important oyster reefs. If left, this plastic will also deteriorate to microplastic, and eventually nanoplastic that sooner or later will end up in our food chain. The aims of this project include:
1. The removal of at least 2500 kilo of plastic from the Wadden (MSC Zoe cargo, fishing lines and ghostnets);
2. To investigate the biodiversity of the area with a special focus on the Oyster Reefs; and
3. To produce new footage of the sea life of the Wadden and the threats it is exposed to, such as lost cargo and ghostnets. This footage will be used to illustrate to the public how beautiful, but also how vulnerable, the North Sea is.
 
Waddensea Clean Up
Waddensea Clean Up

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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage