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Large amount of net and monofilament line recovered from Watergate Bay, Newquay

20th March 2021, another success story and a great example of how teamwork and collaboration between charities pays off!

Fathoms Free received a message in the morning from our friends at Sea Shepherd UK that a member of public had reported trawl and monofilament ghost net at Watergate Bay using Sea Shepherd’s online reporting system. Within 4 hrs a small team of volunteers were on the beach looking for it, finally locating it trapped among rocks.

Three hours of hard work later, cutting and pulling and dragging up the beach, the team eventually had the net in the back of the truck.

Many thanks to Tor for reporting the net to Sea Shepherd UK and giving us such valuable information. Without these reports we don’t know where the nets are and where to focus our resources.

Volunteers were Jules, Elle and Sarah from Fathoms Free assisted by Kez from Sea Shepherd.

If you come across any lost or abandoned fishing equipment and marine debris, please report it to us so that we can remove it as soon as possible using the button on this page.

If outside Cornwall you can still report it to us or Sea Shepherd UK - Ghostnet Campaign who have volunteers nationwide.

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