Ligurian Sea: a net of 300 meters on the seabed polluted and suffocated biodiversity


To preserve marine biodiversity it is necessary to aim at sustainable fishing , by contrasting overfishing and reducing the presence of hidden threats such as ghost nets . With a difficult operation, Marevivo’s underwater division managed to recover a 300-metre net in the waters of the Secche di Vada, in the Ligurian Sea which was causing damage to the life of the seabed.


12 expert divers dived with special “closed circuit” systems and, with the aid of electric underwater scooters , reached a depth of 50 meters to fish out the net 300 meters long and weighing around 450 kg. These abandoned nets endanger marine biodiversity and contribute to water pollution.

Removing these networks is a complex task that requires significant teamwork. The group of divers was joined by means of support for recovery and land transport, supplied by the  Foce Cecina – Sub Nettuno Nautical Club . At the same time, the Port of Cecina, the Corps of the Port Authorities of Livorno and Vada and the  Municipality of Cecina  contributed with logistical assistance, storage and correct  disposal  of the large network.

Many divers notice the presence of ghost nets during their dives, but the coordinated action of a well-structured team is necessary to carry out these operations. Ghost nets pose a threat to the entire marine ecosystem because they continue to fish and capture, suffocating the seabed, and are a source of pollution due to the microplastics they release into the sea over time, breaking up.

Massimiliano Falleri, head of Marevivo’s Diving division

  • A 300-metre ghost net was fished out of the Ligurian Sea: it polluted and suffocated the biodiversity of the seabed (


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