A while ago I came across an article regarding Indigenous communities making the most beautiful sculptures out of ghost nets. Hidden behind these beautiful sculptures laid an awful truth that many people do not know about.
Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been lost or abandoned out at sea. They continue to travel via the currents of the oceans indiscriminately trapping all types of sea life in them, including divers. The following video explains a little further…
So you may ask why a land dweller like myself is writing a piece on ghost nets. Well I came across another article today explaining that Ghost Nets Australia will shut down in June this year due to a lack of funding. A sad state of affairs if you ask me.
Ghost Nets Australia is a project enabling Aboriginal communities to fulfil their aspirations of having stewardship of their customary lands and adjacent marine environment, known as “caring for country.” It is an alliance of over 22 Indigenous communities from coastal northern Australia across the three states of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. For further information regarding this organisation please check out the following link (even like them on Facebook and show your support)…
Ghost nets are not just unique to Australia. Here is another site with valuable information…
- GhostNets funding vanishes (abc.net.au)
- Thousands of ghost nets damaging oceans’ ecosystem (radioaustralia.net.au)
- Sue Ryan, A Ghost Nets Story
- Artists Give New Life to Fishing Nets (blogs.abc.net.au)