Marine life in Australia and New Zealand is under threat from tonnes of fishing gear or ‘ghost gear’ left in our oceans every year. Large nets, wire and traps are entangling our marine life leaving them to die a long and painful death.
The conservation group, World Animal Protection is initiating a response team to clear our oceans of the deadly entrapments with the help of the Samoan, Tuvalu and New Zealand governments. Without clearing, dangerous ‘ghost gear’ will remain in our oceans for upwards of 600 years.
Though the process of removing all discarded fishing equipment from our oceans seems like a daunting task, initiatives such as the GGGI (Global Ghost Gear Initiative), are a step in the right direction.
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