Join us in removing ghost nets from the oceans with Sea Shepherd

8 Jun 2022

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We’ve all seen the images of turtles, dolphins and even baby seals caught in nets in the ocean. It’s a massive problem created by the fishing industry because of fishing gear that is either discarded or abandoned in the open seas.

These materials – called ghost nets as they’re largely invisible to the human eye – then drift through the world’s oceans for decades, trapping marine life indiscriminately, causing them to starve, suffocate, or even bleed to death from lacerations and infections.

Experts report that over 640,000 tonnes of lines, nets and pots are discarded each year. This is an alarming figure! What’s worse, it’s increasing annually. Something needs to be done, stat.

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On this day, June 8, we’re proud to launch a Ghostnet Campaign with Sea Shepherd to raise US$100,000 to clean up the oceans around Sicily in October.

The work to be done is broad and sweeping, starting first with the creation of a database of abandoned fishing equipment in the Mediterranean Sea.

This database, created by Sea Shepherd, can involve both private citizens and underwater associations to report the presence of abandoned fishing gear and create a map of the seas. This data collection will be crucial in the planning and scheduling of ghost gear removals.

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Sea Shepherd Italy's vessel M/Y Conrad and its crew, along with a team of professional divers, will be deployed to this campaign. At the locations identified by data, the crew will use 3D underwater scanners to survey equipment and map out dive sites. The team will also conduct reconnaissance to identify abandoned fishing gear, particularly in areas of intensive net and creel fishing, as gear often gets caught on wrecks and rocks. These will be removed and sent for recycling as much as possible.

To participate in the campaign, review a vegan dish or product and channel your donation credits to Sea Shepherd. This campaign will run for three months, through the end of August.

Together, we’ll empower our partners and strive for real, meaningful change.

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@fulfilling profile image
fulfilling5 MONTHS AGO
This is so amazing. Thanks for sharing Zee.
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@atozee profile image
atozee5 MONTHS AGO
Thank you for your positivity! ☀️
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victorg1165 MONTHS AGO
I love this. I wonder if there’s a documentary on Sea Shepherd & on the work they do. Would definitely watch!
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veronicagroen5 MONTHS AGO
You can watch Whale Wars.
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victorg1165 MONTHS AGO
Oh sweet! Will check them out. Thanks!
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@veganadam profile image
veganadam5 MONTHS AGO
There are several documentaries on Sea Shepherd; Seaspiracy, Chasing The Thunder and Sea of Shadows are some. Here's a short youtube video: https://youtu.be/LFD2bOsnGsIp
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veronicagroen5 MONTHS AGO
Thank you for commiting, thank you for fighting for our oceans. Thank you for the good work you do. I pledged all my June reviews but I will go beyond that! So proud of Sea Sheherd.
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fiore20215 MONTHS AGO
Thanks for what you are doing! God bless you!
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