1000 Flowers for the Planet - #310 Pull in Your Net
Our oceans are full of ghostnets, and this water pollution is killing our marine life and endangering species, including sea turtles. Ghostnets are created when fishermen either accidentally lose their nets or purposefully leave their nets behind as waste. The nets can dangle for metres below the surface of the water where they trap and kill marine life. The nets are also hazardous to ships and boats if they become entangled in propellers. Finding ghostnets and retrieving them from the water is a time-consuming and expensive task, but one which must be done. Action must be taken at the core of this problem, which lies with the fishermen who use nets – they need to be educated on the perils created by losing or abandoning nets, as well as provided with solutions for waste retrieval and subsequent disposal or recycling. Not every net is left by large fishing enterprises, so if you’re an individual fisherman who uses a net, remember to always pull it in – completely.
In the north of Australia there are Aboriginal artists who are using retrieved ghostnets to create woven art, giving this deadly waste a new life cycle and purpose. There is a lot of information about how Australia is dealing with the problem at www.ghostnets.com.au where you can also see this amazing art.
How does your country deal with ghostnets?