06 Nov 2019

Thanks to this one-time collaboration with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment, over 1700 miles (2800 kilometers) of fishing line removed from Cocos Island. 

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For a one-time project, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society removed over 1700 miles (2800 kilometers) of nylon monofilament fishing line from Cocos Island and shipped it to Aquafil to be transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon, which is used for carpet flooring and fashion items.

As part of a campaign to protect the Cocos Island UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society partnered with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment to collect and transport 34 tons of marine pollution, and other confiscated fishing gear, which had been accumulating on the remote volcanic island of Cocos for over 25 years.

Thanks to this one-time collaboration, marine debris was recovered from the ocean and is set to be transformed into a high performing material that can have a second life in new products.

It is not just about sending a boat to the island and bring the trash to the mainland, it is to do the whole work,” stated Costa Rica’s Minister of the Environment Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, concluding “this is an achievement we are very proud of, and above all, we are very grateful for the support we received.

 

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