15 Jun '12, 8pm

A Second Life for Discarded Fishing Nets

Interface Frayed fishing nets and other detritus on the beach at Danajon Bank in the Philippines. A pilot program aims to give fishermen an incentive to collect the nets rather than dumping them. Abandoned and lost fishing gear makes up about 10 percent of the trash that collects in the world’s oceans, according to a report from the United Nations. Much of this debris is lost in storms, vandalized or simply discarded. It piles up on beaches, creates a navigational hazard for boats or settles to the bottom, where it can damage sensitive ecosystems. Discarded nets can cause a particular problem as they continue to “ghost fish,” trapping fish and other sea animals like turtles , seabirds and dolphins. Much of this material can find a second life, according to the United Nations report, which was issued in 2009. For instance, a number of programs in the United States, with sup...

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