Ghost Fishing What is Ghost Fishing? Abandoned or lost fish nets Fish get entangled Almost invisible in dim light Travelling of nets Deformity of nets Nets restrict movement Traps and Pots Some Animals Being Harmed Fish Dolphins Sea turtles Sharks Dugongs-------> Crocodiles Seabirds Crabs Occasional Human Diver 30% of annual catch dies from ghost fishing World becomes aware in 1985 Against the law 640 000 tonnes of discraded fishing gear Chesapeake Bay, U.S.A 150 000 crab pots out of 500 000 pots are lost each year Causes Weather Costof retrieval Vandalism/theft “The Cycle” Traps become self-baiting Fish get trapped, than more get trapped, eventually net becomes full killing hundreds or even thousands of fish in a single net! That’s a BIG deal Gill nets Anchored to seabed Should be checked every couple days If not, the net sinks Three Main Ways of Reduction 1) reduce likely hood of fishing gear being lost or dumped at sea 2)promote biodegradable material 3)Make it easier to track and recover gear. French Government Offered reward for ghost nets People Vandalized other peoples nets, project was ended Conclusion Rewards! Frustrating problem New technology Any Questions?
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