Help Us Dive into a Cleaner Future



Actively promoting environmental awareness and marine conservation through sea floor and coastline clean-ups.

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“I think Ghost Fishing [Diving] is a great initiative. I’ve gone diving with them and it was really encouraging to see them bringing so many Wellingtonians together to clean up our environment. Wellington’s environment is one of the things we all love about our city, and we need to protect it.”

Justin Lester

Wellington Mayor (2016-2019)

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Wellington Airport 2018 Regional Community Awards Wellington City Finalist
Wellington Airport 2019 Regional Community Awards Wellington City Winner
Wellington Airport 2017 Regional Community Awards Wellington City Category Runner Up

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Annual Harbour Clean Up

Frank Kitts Park – Whairepo Lagoon, Wellington

Together, we can make a positive impact on the future of our marine environment

Ghost Fishing’ is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned and continues to catch and needlessly kill marine life. Lost fishing gear, or ‘ghost gear’ are among the greatest killers in our oceans and increasingly we are seeing discarded man-made trash, particularly plastics, having being equally harmful to our marine environment. 

The Ghost Diving New Zealand crew run regular dive and beach clean ups to remove both ghost gear and rubbish from our sea bed and coastlines. We encourage passionate volunteers to get involved in our events, as our precious planet needs all the help it can get.  

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What We Do


Dive clean ups are Ghost Diving’s core activity, lead by our technical and GUE trained scuba divers and a free-diving team, to retrieve rubbish and ‘ghost gear’ disposed in New Zealand’s waters. While the dive teams are underwater, the shore crew removes litter from the topside.


A large part of our mission is raising awareness to the general public about the detrimental effects of lost fishing gear and rubbish polluting our waters by documenting our efforts through video and photography. We also host public talks led by experts in the underwater world.


We regularly hold training events, both theory and practical to ensure scuba divers, free divers, and shore crew are able to upskill and increase knowledge within our teams, thereby increasing efficiency, safety and capability.


Project Baseline empowers passionate citizens to observe and record change within the world’s aquatic environments in a way that fosters public awareness and supports political action. We have initiated Project Baseline Clyde Quay.


We have been contacted by many from the general public asking for our help to recover personal belongings accidentally dropped into the sea. Some of the items we have rescued include mobile phones, cameras, prescription glasses and bikes!

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