A ghost net is a net that is used by fishermen and left there and stay there stranded for sea life to get caught inside of and die. When the fish, sharks, and dolphins get caught the net sinks to the seafloor where they decompose. Then the net becomes lighter and it floats to the surface and the cycle continues.
On Monday April 16th, 2018 a ghost Net was found in Grand Cayman Islands. Many species of animals were found trapped inside the net. A white tipped shark, yellow ocean tails, and some triggerfish. The net was about 50 feet in diameter on the surface. People tried to help free the sea life, but for some it was too late.
There are many organizations that help make a difference like Ghost Gear Initiative and you can become a member too. By signing up members can get recognition as a member, participate in projects that help find a solution, and help work with other organizations on certain projects. One project that they did was ‘Fishing for Energy’ which is taking old fishing gear that is collected with bins and is converted into energy at a center called Covanta Energy-From-Waste Facility.
Facts on net:
Ghost Gear initiative website: https://www.ghostgear.org/solutions/fishing-energy