Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project

Our project stands for protection of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea by finding, exploring and documenting the objects found at the ship wreck sites. The main mission of our explorations is to document the condition of the wrecks found in the sea, account for existing human remains and note the dangers to which the wrecks are potentially exposed. These threats are usually associated with illegal trawling, leading to seriously destroyed wreck sites.

Working in cold-water temperatures, currents and other challenges at depths up to 200 meters, we not only search for the shipwrecks, but also investigate and document the abandoned mines. Over the past few years, our group of wreck divers has developed into a specialist team,  dedicating their time to finding and identifying the shipwrecks lying in the depths of the Baltic Sea. Each member of our team is a professional in his or her field, and is thus equally important for the success of our projects.

Our Goal

Our main goal is to search for, identify, document and protect the wrecks, lying deep in the Baltic Sea. Also, we aim to detect the ghost nets at deep wrecks, salvage the wrecks and provide the nets for proper disposal. Another meaningful aspect of our work is working on joint projects in cooperation with local fishermen and fisheries associations in order to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.

What are We Currently Doing?

Our daily work includes examining and documenting the current situation at known wreckage positions in the form of imagery and video material. We are passionate about exploring the existing wrecks and finding the solutions of removing the nets from it. After the exploration part, we plan the work assignments and delegate the tasks that need to be done in order to protect the wrecks.

Our Plans for the Future / Building the Future Together

One of our biggest plans for the nearest future is expanding our team with a compilation of other diving teams. Also, we are planning to conduct the training of the supporting team. What is more, we are going to start the recovery missions of nets at wrecks in depths up to 85+ meters. We believe there is so much to do and explore in the Baltic Sea, therefore, our hopes for the future are really high.

We protect Baltic Sea

Our fight against ghost nets on the deep wrecks of the eastern Baltic Sea started in 2017. At first we only wanted to draw attention to the problem with pictures and videos. But we quickly realized that this was not enough. That is why we founded the “Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project”.

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