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An annual picture contest reveals the risks of ghost nets

Disturbing photographs obtained by the Ocean Conservancy present how marine animals are powerless in opposition to drift nets.

When Ocean Conservancy launched a name for contributions for its annual picture contest, she obtained superb scenes of marine wildlife, intricate reefs and a puzzling camouflage. However there have been additionally a whole lot of photographs documenting the appreciable injury attributable to the ghost nets. These are fishing nets misplaced or thrown into the ocean, drifting for years whereas nonetheless catching animals.

Whereas it’s tough to know the way a lot "ghost materials" enters the world's oceans annually, it’s estimated that this quantity is near 800,000 tons. The vast majority of fishing gear is manufactured from plastic or different artificial supplies; it doesn’t biodegrade and continues to pose as a lot risk to wildlife in its "ghost" type as when it was utilized by a fishing fleet. Ghost nets additionally injury delicate coral reefs, amass different plastic particles and pose a danger to ships.

As soon as entangled in a web, it’s nearly unattainable for a marine animal to flee. The photographs of the Ocean Conservancy illustrate these heartbreaking scenes: a parrot fish, a crab spider and a seal, all photographed entangled in misplaced fishing nets.

Efforts are made to get well ghost nets. Volunteers gathered earlier this summer season for a 25-day clean-up of the Nice Pacific Rubbish Patch, which collected 40 tonnes of rubbish, together with a mosquito web weighing solely 5 tonnes. Some revolutionary corporations, comparable to Bureo, pay fishermen to gather ghost nets and promote them to new merchandise.

Consciousness is step one in the direction of activism and actual change, which is why watching these photographs is necessary to us all. Could he encourage you to take motion in opposition to the plastic air pollution of the oceans.

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Disturbing photographs obtained by the Ocean Conservancy present how marine animals are powerless in opposition to drift nets.

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