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From used finish nets to volleyball nets

From used finish nets to volleyball nets
Practice sessions for the children of Copacabana led by former Brazilian Olympic champion Giba at the launch of the “Good Net” project - Source FIVB
From used finish nets to volleyball nets

Legendary for many reasons, Copacabana, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, is famous for its wild games of beach volleyball, the favourite sport – alongside soccer-ball – of the Cariocas. Beach volleyball, a major source of medals at the Olympics, has 15 players and thousands of clubs in Brazil.

A second life for fishing nets on Copacabana beach

This year, dozens of quite unique nets were set up on the beach. The nets are made from used fishing nets. The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), in association with the Dutch environmental protection NGO Ghost Fishing, initiated this project christened “Good Net”. Its purpose: collecting used fishing nets and re-using them as volleyball nets throughout the world, thus preventing marine ecosystems from being polluted by some 640,000 tonnes of fishing equipment lost at sea each year.

Fighting ghost nets

Inaugurated last March on Rio Beach which hosted the Beach Volleyball competition during the 2016 Olympic Games, the “Good Net” project is now part of the United Nations’ “Clean Seas” Ocean Conservation and Plastic Pollution Control Programme, and will be expanded to the whole world. A good way of raising awareness among the local population by making these “invisible nets” visible.

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