Do you think plastic straws are the worst polluters of our Oceans?
Yes, plastic straws are horrible, but a survey for the Ocean Cleanup campaign actually states that ghost nets make up for nearly half of the world’s plastic ocean pollution, not plastic straws, bottles, or microbeads.
Do you know what ghost nets are?
Well, that’s what they call fishing nets and gear that have been tossed or lost in the ocean.
Nets, long lines, fish traps, and all other man-made traps to catch fish get tangled with each other and all kinds of ocean trash. They drift with ocean currents for years and continue to catch and kill marine animals.
They are responsible for trapping and killing millions of marine animals including sharks, rays, turtles, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, and birds. Ghost nets cause further damage by entangling live coral, smothering reefs, and introducing parasites and invasive species into reef environments.
Ghost nets are among the greatest killers in our oceans, and not only because of their numbers. Literally hundreds of kilometers of nets get lost every year and due to the nature of the materials used to produce these nets they can and will keep fishing for multiple decades, possibly even for several centuries.
In fact, according to the Swim crew, every year 650,000 marine animals are killed or injured.