International chapters

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:

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.

Pascal van Erp

Pascal is a technical trained diver with a preference for wreck diving. He has made hundreds of 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 co-founded a Dutch North Sea clean-up project in 2009. Because of his experience and vision on environmental diving operations, Pascal decided in 2012 to dedicate his diving exclusively to environmental protection and founded the Ghost Diving Foundation (formerly known as Ghost Fishing Foundation). The projects of this international organization are executed by volunteer teams of technical divers who initiate, support and encourage lost fishing gear removal activities working closely together with many other organizations and groups.

Because of his work and long standing dedication to protecting the 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. To date, he has led hundreds of voluntary lost fishing gear survey and removal projects in the North, Adriatic, Aegean, Mediterranean, Caspian and Baltic Seas, the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Vema Seamount and Scapa Flow.

Pascal also has working relationships with other environmental non-profits. After 6 years as a part time technical engineer at Greenpeace, he decided to dedicate his time to the Healthy Seas Foundation where he is responsible for all diving and fisheries related projects since their start in 2013. He is also collaborating closely with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI).

Fabrizio Tosoni

Fabrizio is a GUE instructor and GUE technical diver.

He joined Ghost Diving in one of this first international project in 2012.

He joined several projects, from Alviela GUE exploration to his own project, dedicated to find a missing Junker in a lake in Norway.

Fabrizio is also member of Badewanne group, non-profit organization dedicated to document

and preserve shipwrecks in the Gulf of Finland.

Since 2020 is on the board member of Ghost Diving the Netherlands.

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 Lebanese coast and dive sites, 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 Fishing HQ to shape and launch operation Ghost Diving Lebanon in 2016.

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.

Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson 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'

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.

Mohamed Ali

Ali realized the severity of the issue of lost fishnets, and pollution overall, in the Red Sea and so started the Ghost Diving - Egypt Chapter. The chapter started in November 2018 and has coordinated some successful fishnet removals and beach clean ups.

Ali found his passion for diving in 2013 and since then has been trained with multiple federations including GUE, TDI and IANTD. Although a software engineer and an entrepreneur since his mid 20's he decided to fully focus on his passion for diving and exploration and is currently a full-time technical instructor in Dahab, Egypt.

His main focus and goal is to mould safe and focused divers with an awareness of the importance of the environment around them. He will continue to make the Egypt chapter grow and contribute to cleaner and healthier oceans.

Giorgos Kolikis

Giorgos is coordinator for Ghost Diving Greece and a professional video editor. He is diving since 2012 and very active in all corners of the Greek seas. He is PADI and CMAS trained and a attending Ghost Fishing missions since 2014. He combined his love for diving and editing so his task unsderwater is shooting videos. If you notice our amazing video compilations there is a big chance he is behind it.

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.

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 Dishing Poland.

Raúl Álvarez

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.

Eric Yee

Eric Yee 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.

Steve Wilkinson

Steve is a professional technical diving trimix OC & CCR instructor with a passion for deep wreck exploration and conservation.
Based in Malta for the last 6 years he has been a part of many expeditions and acted as Dive Safety Officer for the University of Malta Archaeology team on the Phoenician, ORP Kujawiak & HMS Olympus projects.

Joining the Ghost Fishing team in October on our dives prior to the OUR OCEANS conference, it was clear that his dedication to the underwater environment was an asset to be utilised to form GHOST FISHING MALTA. In just three days we managed to remove 500kg of nets & lines. Steve is in a unique position as he manages to dive the Maltese wrecks and reefs on a near daily basis and can identify areas of concern

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