On the west coast of Sweden, the municipality of Sotenäs has started a project to enhance the sea environment and fishing possibilities. One big part of the project is to clean up the ocean floor from derelict fishing gear.
There is a lot of lost fishing gear in the ocean, among 3000 to 5000 lobster pots is lost along the west coast of Sweden each year. The loss of fishing gear in unavoidable for professional anglers, and even if they try to pick up the lost gear, there is still a lot left in the ocean.
During 2017, the first part of the project where Sotenäs salvaged lost fishing gear was completed. The salvage was done by dragging and with help from divers. The material from the salvaged gear got recycled at recycling stations in Denmark and Sweden.