Today is the day when the future and the past meet, so today is the perfect day to start engaging in both! Our story started in September 2016. Our first joint expedition led to the wreckage of SMS Friedrich Carl. This hitherto rarely dived wreck of a German battleship sunk in 1914 gave us a first impression of what an impressive “heritage” on the bottom of the Baltic Sea slumbers. In addition to the SMS Friedrich Carl, we were able to locate and identify the SS Edith Bosselmann and the SS Tristan. But there are countless other shipwrecks that rest perfectly conserved on the seabed due to the special conditions (low salt, low oxygen, dark and cold).
The nets may presently present only a threat to the fish and the existence of the fisherman. But this will change. Ghost nets consist to a large extent of plastic. Over the years, this becomes plastic granules and ends up on our plates via the food.
With our “Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project” we want to make a contribution to the protection of the past and the future of the Baltic Sea.
A visit to these wrecks is like a journey through time. These eyewitnesses in the dim light are more impressive and authentic than any museum. Unfortunately, these unique places are endangered in several ways. They are for the most part covered by lost nets, sometimes even in several layers. These sometimes kilometer-long monsters destroy the wrecks and are a deadly trap for the fish seeking protection on these artificial reefs. It is heartbreaking to see how much fish has to die painfully and completely senseless in this way, especially considering how little fish there is in the Baltic Sea. Trawling is a big problem for Lithuanian fishermen and anglers.
BALTIC SEA HERITAGE RESCUE PROJECT
The Baltic Sea Heritage Rescue Project is an organization that engages people from many countries who want to protect the Baltic Sea above and underwater. We work closely with the University of Klaipėda and the relevant ministries. We find and remove lost ghost nets, search, identify and document wrecks to protect them and keep their stories alive. We finance ourselves through donations and public funds.
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