Crown Princess Victoria Spends the Day Fishing for Information
Today, Crown Princess Victoria visited Simrishamn and Simris Alg in Hammenhög to learn more about their efforts and research in connection to cleaning up the Baltic and the fishing industry.
Crown Princess Victoria has been involved in the defense of the Baltic Sea for several years now. Growing up in Sweden, the Crown Princess has talked fondly about her memories of summers along the Baltic, in Öland, and both her parents have spoken about the importance of keeping the Baltic clean for the future generations. Her commitment to the sustainability efforts around the world, not only the Baltic, were recognized by the UN General Secretary in 2016 who named her as one of 16 Advocates for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For the first portion of the day, she was hosted by Director General of Sweden’s Agency for Marine & Water Management, Jakob Granit and the Chairman of the Local Council, Jeanette Ovesson. Also in attendance were Vesa Tschernij, a Fisheries Engineer and Project Manager at Marelitt Baltic and Madeleine Lundin from the Marine Center in Simrishamn.
Her visit began at the Marine Center where she heard about the state of the ghost nets in the Baltic Sea. Ghost nets, fishing nets which have been left abandoned in the sea, are not only a danger to the marine life, but also impact the fisherman. These ghosts nets are normally made of synthetic materials which as a result cause the net to last for a very long time. During this time, they catch the marine life as well as birds causing them to get stuck and as a result- they are dragged to the bottom of the sea and drown. Not only does this continue to pollute the sea with rubbish, but also it wastes the resources and impacts the fisherman’s livelihoods.
Following this informational session, the Crown Princess visited professional fisherman and the coast guard down on the southern dock. From there she joined the Coast Guard for a boat trip to see wreck ‘Villon’ where she additionally learned about how the fishing gear interacts and effects the wrecks. Over the years, scientists have noticed that discarded fishing gear seems to gather around wrecks. While this seems like an innocent enough problem- it actually has a massive impact on the fishing industry. Fish use wrecks as artificial reefs and when fishing nets are compiled around these wrecks, hundreds of fish get trapped unnecessarily in them. In 2014, a project was carried out in Sweden where 4,470 meters of nets were collected from one wreck with hundreds of kilos of fish caught in those nets. With the threat of overfishing being a real issue, fisherman cannot handle the blow of losing their resources to “garbage” in the sea.
This first portion of the day finished with a lunch of locally caught fish and closing information back at the Marine Center. Then the Crown Princess headed to Hammenhög to visit Simris Alg.
For this day, the Crown Princess selected a new nautical inspired blazer from Lexington Company over a white blouse. She paired this with her Hippi Grace New York bag in Vintage Coke, which she debuted yesterday. She kept the blue theme going with her earrings and earring pendants from Dulong Fine Jewellery. On her feet she began the day in her blue Rizzo Azelia pumps but later changed into a new pair of By Malene Birger sneakers to offer a more stable footing upon the boats.