Ghost nets causing havoc in the Pacific | Pacific Beat

Ghost nets causing havoc in the Pacific

Ghost nets causing havoc in the Pacific

Updated 17 January 2013, 23:24 AEDT

Every day the fishing fleets operating across the Pacific Ocean lose or discard large nets that once set adrift keep killing, not just fish, but sea birds, turtles and other marine life.

They are called ghost nets, and they also cause substantial damaged to the reefs and coasts they are swept up on.

Getting rid of them is a full time job for maritime organisations, like America's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Presenter: Steve Rice

Speaker: Carey Morishige, America's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific marine debris program co-ordinator

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