Ghost fishing is a severe threat for all seven species of sea turtles found worldwide. When caught in a net or a fishing line, it can cause them severe injuries and infections, with fatal results. Sea turtles are also at risk of drowning when entangled because they cannot surface to breathe.
The Ionian Sea is a major migratory route for Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) that nest in the surrounding islands and mainland, and host to the Mediterranean’s top 2 nesting beaches.
Healthy Seas was informed of several locations around the island of Kefalonia where ghost nets have been lost and together with Ghost Diving, will be carrying out its first mission in the Ionian Sea.