Our organization is set up by an enthusiastic technical diving team and has evolved into more diving teams all over the world following the same concept. We like to call these "chapters". Our shared goal is to remove lost fishing gear and make the world aware of issues caused by this so called "ghost fishing gear".
With our headquarters based in the Netherlands, our volunteer divers operate within the following localized Ghost Diving chapters:
- Ghost Diving The Netherlands (HQ)
- Ghost Diving Adriatic
- Ghost Diving East Med
- Ghost Diving Egypt
- Ghost Diving Germany
- Ghost Diving Greece
- Ghost Diving Hong Kong
- Ghost Diving Korea
- Ghost Diving Lake Iseo
- Ghost Diving New Zealand
- Ghost Diving Philippines
- Ghost Diving Poland
- Ghost Diving Portugal
- Ghost Diving Spain
- Ghost Diving United Kingdom
- Ghost Diving USA
Are you looking for a Ghost Diving team that can help you out in one of these countries or around it? Feel free to contact one of the chapter leaders below.
Coordinator: Pascal van Erp
Pascal is a CCR/Technical diver with a preference for ocean diving. He has made a thousand dives all over the world, during which he encountered lost and abandoned fishing gear and the sad and severe consequences they have to life under water. Since 2007, he has focused on the removal of lost fishing gear in the North Sea and started his first formal project in 2009. With marine conservation running through his veins, in 2012, he decided to dedicate his diving exclusively to environmental protection and founded the Ghost Diving Foundation.
Because of his work and long standing dedication to protect the oceans and seas from the ‘ghost fishing’ phenomenon, Pascal’s name has become associated with this environmental problem on a global scale and he is often invited to speak as an expert on various fora and public discussions. He has led a large number of lost fishing gear survey and removal projects in the North, Adriatic, Aegean, Mediterranean, Caspian and Baltic Seas, the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, Vema Seamount and Scapa Flow.
After 6 years working as a technical engineer at Greenpeace, he has devoted his professional career to the Healthy Seas foundation, where he has been responsible for all diving and fisheries related projects since their launch in 2013. His work within Ghost Diving Foundation has remained voluntary unchanged. Pascal has many working relationships with other environmental non-profit organizations, many of which he collaborates with in the Global Ghost Gear Initiative.
Coordinator: Maurizio Grbac
Maurizio has been a diver since 1989 and active in diving business since 1995. For many years active diving instructor in recreational field and now a days running a tech dive center Krnicadive in Croatia. He is an active GUE CCR diver especially passionate about wreck diving.
Krnicadive is collaborating with Ghost Diving foundation since 2013 and Project Argo. Last 12 months Krnicadive is organizing regular cleaning actions to remove marine litter from Adriatic Sea. Maurizio is on the head of very strong and proud community, Ghost Diving Adriatic.
In next future we will be focused on removal of lost fishing gear from wrecks and reefs in Adriatic Sea.
Coordinator: Imad Farhat
Imad has been in the technical diving field for more than 12 years, trained with a multitude of highly respected diving agencies such as Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) and Technical Diving International (TDI), with major interests in marine conservation spectrum's and underwater photography/videography. With the elevated sightings of lost fishing gear, entangled fishing nets on reefs and wrecks scattered around the East Mediterranean coast and dive sites of Lebanon & Cyprus, causing direct and indirect hazardous situations to marine life and divers as well, something had to be done, thus why the collaboration was established with Ghost Diving HQ to shape and launch operation Ghost Diving Lebanon in 2016 and later on renamed to Ghost Diving East Med in 2022.
Coordinator: Sameh Sokar
Sameh is a GUE CCR and Technical Instructor with a passion for exploration and discovery. Based in Dahab in the Red Sea in Egypt, Sameh runs his own dive center, Scuba Seekers.
Being an instructor for over 14 years, Sameh has been teaching all levels of Technical Diving for different training organisations and is nowadays active as a CCR, Tech and Rec Instructor for GUE, TDI and IANTD. Through his exploration and knowledge of the local reefs, caverns and canyons in Dahab, Sameh became aware of discarded nets in areas that are not frequently visited by diver - ghost nets at deeper depths that had been there for a long time and continued to make a devastating impact on the reefs and the marine life.
Through collaboration with Ghost Diving and establishing Ghost Diving Egypt, Sameh found that with the right tools, team and plan, these nets could be safely removed without putting the team or the environment at risk. The Red Sea has one of the richest underwater ecosystems in the world and Dahab hosts many coral reefs and marine life species found only in the Red Sea. Protecting the reef and marine life that lives there is so important for the future of diving in this unique ecosystem.
Coordinator: Kai Wallash
Kai is a GUE trained diver with a strong relationship towards nature and ecosystems. He has been diving since the late 80ies and served as an professional salvage diver in the German army. Lost plastic in nature is always collected, by bike, by kayak or during a challenging run. Educating society and next generation in awareness of environmental pollution and sustainability is a very important task for him.
Leading a newly formed team of the German chapter, the next future we will be focused on removal of lost fishing gear from wrecks withing Germany and collaboration with other chapters.
Coordinator: Derk Remmers
Derk is a GUE CCR and Technical Instructor and Instructor Trainer with a passion for wreck exploration and conservation. He started diving in the 80ies, and his although diving career led him to a many seas, his main diving area are the European waters. As divers, we are direct witnesses how plastics, and especially lost fishing gear, is pollution the seas. To help solve this problem and raise awareness, he is honored to serve as a vice coordinator for the newly founded German chapter.
Coordinator: Nikos Vardakas
Nikos has been teaching diving since 2002. He is an active Hypoxic Trimix instructor with SSI and a Fundamentals instructor and Greek representative for GUE, as well as the founder and soul of Scubalife Greece. He is a dedicated diver, explorer and educator offering quality scuba diving training with a strong environmental message. After numerous international wreck explorations, Nikos is now focussing on participating in and promoting wreck diving and exploration, and maritime heritage in Greece.
He strives to be an integral part of organisations that are facilitating real change.
Having participated in local underwater and beach cleanups for years, he joined an expedition to Ithaca, Greece in summer 2021 where a major operation to clean up an abandoned fish farm was executed successfully. He continues to look out for underwater debris in the Attica area, close to Athens, and build the ghost diving community in Greece.
Coordinator: Dan Sun
Dan Sun is a GUE diver based in Hong Kong. Her passion for connecting the local diving community across different languages and social subgroups is consistent with her professional career and other non-for-profit work. She leads Learning & Development, Communications, Diversity & Inclusion efforts in an international video game development studio. She approaches ghost net removal operations with the mindset of uncompromised teamwork on land or in the water. The team's goal is to unlock Hong Kong waters' potentials through ghost net removal, general public awareness building, and broad collaborations with different organizations, governmental or civic.
Coordinator: Seungkyu Park
In 2001 Seungkyu Park started diving in the pursuit of the magical underwater environment, where he grew huge interest in photography and videography, two things that were originally related to his professional job.
As a BSAC, SDI/TDI instructor and GUE diver, Seungkyu Park primary aim was to clean out the sea bed from debris and accumulated trash, a job that required hard work and lots of collaboration that triggered the need to establish Ghost Diving Korea.
Established in 2017, and with 30 official members enrolled in the organization and more than a 100 activists constantly working for environmental protection activities, Ghost Diving Korea is operating in East sea, Jeju island and the Philippine sea.
Coordinator: Rob Wilson
Rob is founder and Team Leader of Ghost Diving in New Zealand posted on the Ghost Diving page on December the 11th in 2013 about how Pascal and his team had motivated them in New Zealand to make a difference in their home country. On February the 23rd the very next year Rob organised his first dive team to attack marine debris on a local scale which led to an invitation for Rob to join the international Ghost Diving team.
Rob and his team undertake monthly marine debris clean ups and have integrated Ghost Diving New Zealand into the local and national community working with numerous organisations to recover items from the ocean. Everything from E-scooters to 60m nets.
Robs team is incredibly dedicated and strive to motivate others all over the globe with their passion to make a difference. Having obtained his PADI Open Water qualification at a very early age (youngest Open Water diver in the country at the time), Rob has gone from strength to strength as a diver. Now a qualified technical diver with Global Underwater Explorers he works tirelessly to create community and to educate others both in and out of the water. Rob has been involved in numerous GUE expeditions including three trips to "Project Middle Earth" cave exploration in the beautiful Blue Creek resurgence and involvement in the GUE/Project Baseline in the waters of Fiji. It is rare week when Rob has neither his drysuit on or his camera in his hand or both. Team is everything to Rob, and in his words 'Team does not end when you leave the water'
Coordinator: Eric Yee
Eric plays with light in the dark. Arresting curious creatures in a deep world we find quite strange, he has gained awards for underwater photography, and multiple projects for underwater videography. He is a RAID open circuit dive instructor, and a GUE diver. He owns a dive operation in Anilao, Philippines, which will be the headquarters of Ghost Diving Philippines.
He has been an advocate and a follower of ghost diving since 2015. Now being formally part of the ghost diving team, he will bring his passion and creativity in promoting our mission. Aside from underwater debris cleanups, Eric and his team will be focusing more on the removal of discarded fishing lines and nets in our reefs. As an underwater artist, Eric makes sure he and the sea will never be strangers.
Coordinator: BarTek Trzcinski
Bartek started diving when he was 12 y.o. and immediately decided to make this passion his way of living. Currently he is a GUE technical diver and instructor.
Bartek was always fascinated by the dive gear. Therefore, right after finishing his Master Degree in International Commerce, he started working as a marketing manager, equipment advisor, business consultant and trainer for Tecline / Scubatech brands - our strategic sponsors.
Meeting our team and joining some projects motivated him to launch a Ghost Diving Chapter in his country – to rescue Baltic Sea from the ghost nets. So it happens - in 2019 Bartek, together with a group of experienced divers launched: Ghost Diving Poland.
Miguel has been diving since 2007 and after 10 years of recreative diving he decided to become an instructor. He expresses his love for the ocean by working on conservation and he passes this on with love to his students, whom he teaches to take underwater waste with him during the dive. Miguel is also very involved with photo and videography, regularly assists with projects and participates in competitions.
He divides his time working as lawyer during the week and teaching scuba diving in the weekends. He believes his legal capabilities may be useful in the Portuguese Chapter of Ghost Diving.
Coordinator: Duncan Simpson
Duncan is a technical diver from the United Kingdom who particularly enjoys exploring historic North Sea shipwrecks. He started diving in 1993, as GUE technical diver he only recently returned to diving intensively in the UK. He is a founder of ‘Project Baseline UK North Sea Wrecks Project, documenting marine sites to raise awareness of environmental challenges. While exploring shipwrecks in the North Sea, he noticed many ghost nets, and so they are delighted to work together with an organization that clears the North Sea of harmful, damaged, or lost fishing gear. Joining the Global Ghost Diving organization with a team of committed UK divers will allow us to focus on improving and protecting the North Sea for everyone.
Coordinator: Raúl Álvarez
Raúl is a GUE diver, instructor, explorer, coordinator and director of Ghost Diving Spain since 2014. In 2012 his passion for diving led him to start his own dive center, Kraken Dive, located comfortably on the shore in Tossa de Mar, Costa Brava. There, he organizes and participates in compelling marine conservation projects like Ghost Diving and Baseline, both of which are the principal mode of training for their students.
Oneof his strengths is teaching and passing on safe diving practices, conservation and respect for the marine environment. Everyday his hope is to contribute his grain of sand towards ensuring that environmental protection prospers.
Coordinator: John Wheeler
John has been in and around the ocean for all his life, swimming before he could walk and now years later his career revolves around the water. This passion from an early age lead him to study Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of Plymouth. While on the course it hit home how vulnerable the oceans are and that if we don’t take action the ecosystems he valued would be lost. So he put his diving skills to use and started Ghost Diving missions to give back to the underwater world.
Coordinator: Norbert Lee
Norbert is a Marine Biologist in Los Angeles County primarily focused on monitoring the impacts of treated wastewater discharge. His work provides him access to a variety of oceanographic methods and equipment to gain a holistic understanding of what is occurring locally. In his spare time, he enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge of the ocean by teaching scuba diving. He is a GUE and NAUI instructor and actively mentors new divers with a stewardship point of view towards our oceans.
Norbert is continuing the work locally in Los Angeles that was started by Heather and Karim Hamza and helping to build a community of trained divers capable of conducting ghost net cleanups and impact assessment. He hopes to tie in Ghost Diving work with community involvement to educate the public and the next generation of conservationists.