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Fishing Gear and their Devastation

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Richard Tangitau, Contributor

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Our oceans and animals are very important to our life cycle. In the past, we’ve had a lot of fish species get injured by “ghost gear”. Fishermen and tour guide ships have been littering out into our oceans and it’s affecting our ocean creatures. Some of these big commercial nets are actually killing a lot of our turtles and whales. It’s not just nets but, wires, fish traps, crab traps, fishing line, etc. These objects are getting our marine life animals tangled and causing them to drown. Most of these fishing gears are old or nets that these fishermen don’t need on board anymore, so they toss them over. It’s that and the fact that they forget these nets and the fish they caught with it as well.

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In Australia and New Zealand, they are having a big problem with all the fishing gear that’s being tossed every year. About 640,000 tons of gear is found yearly. This is very disappointing, these are found in one of the areas where marine life is abundant. A group called, World Animal Protection, has made a group to help clean up all the mess to decrease the chances of animals getting tangled. The Polynesian islands are also supporting. these islands are Samoa, Tuvalu, and New Zealand.

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Minister of Tonga of Agriculture and Food, Forestry, and Fisheries has joined in on the act. The Tongan people and the minister are very disappointed and want to help in any way because they understand the impact of having these dangerous nets laying around in our waters. There’s not much to do but look for animals caught in gear or pick up every gear you can find in the ocean. Plus, having the GGGI ( Global Ghost Gear Initiative) is the first step getting closer to eliminating trashed gear in our oceans. Problem is, Trump’s administration tossed out a regulation that was made to protect marine animals in the West coast fisheries. Their administration said that the rule would be hard to execute, so they just tossed that idea out.

 

 

 

 

Credit Courtesy Of: Global CitizenNational Geographic

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