Our project, ‘Return to Ithaca’, part of a Discovery Channel series on circular economy
Back to Blue, Value the Oceans
Hyundai helped us to carry out our largest clean-up ever off the coast of the Greek island of Ithaca in 2021. The first episode of the new documentary series follows us as we returned to Ithaca one year later. The goal this time was to remove the remaining waste from last year and continue educating local children about marine conservation. In total, 23.5 tonnes of waste were recovered, including 18.5 tonnes of nets and five tonnes of other marine litter.
The episode is hosted by York Hovest, an environmental activist who has spent the last few years accompanying organisations that oppose the destruction of the oceans as part of his ‘Heroes of the Sea’ project, and who has created a large database – featuring Healthy Seas – that bundles all activities for the protection and preservation of the marine ecosystem. Hovest speaks to Veronika Mikos, Director of Healthy Seas, and Pascal van Erp, Founder of Ghost Diving and Lead Diver of Healthy Seas, about the ‘Return to Ithaca’ project, the process of cleaning the ocean and its environment, and the problems caused by lost or abandoned fishing nets (ghost nets).