After visiting the beautiful coastline around Porthcurno and Pedn Vounder on Cornwall's Western Peninsula, local conservation artist Andrew Whittle reached out to ask if we would be up for helping to recover a large bundle of mooring rope he had spotted. We, of course, jumped at the opportunity to explore this picturesque part of Cornwall, and do what we love - removing ghost gear from the environment.
In March, the UK experienced the highest spring tides of the year, and with it, a wave of ocean plastics across our coastline. Spurred on by these extreme tides, the team at Waterhaul embarked on a 3-day expedition to North Cornwall, searching for washed-up ghost fishing gear; the most harmful and abundant form of ocean plastic, to recover and recycle.
On a bright and breezy Friday afternoon in January, the Waterhaul team received a message about a ghost fishing net that had washed up on Gwithian Beach in west Cornwall. Eager to escape the office early on a Friday, the team zipped down the coast in search of ghost gear...
This year for NETwork Weekend, we’re extending our NETwork discount to 20% off our entire product range, including our sustainable eyewear, litter-picking equipment and beach cleaning knives, to help you make a positive impact on our oceans. But we’re not stopping there – we’re also doubling down on the impact of our mission through our work with Net Free Seas in Ghana.