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Thousands of ghost nets damaging oceans' ecosystem

Thousands of ghost nets damaging oceans' ecosystem

Updated 7 May 2013, 9:28 AEST

Evidence from data collected by Ghost Nets Australia indicates that thousands of discarded fishing nets are travelling through the Pacific and the rest of the world's oceans, they're invisible, can't be tracked and cause ecological damage by catching fish and other sea creatures.

The Organisation's, project officer, Jen Goldberg, says the nets are also damaging boats and causing economic losses for the fishing industry.

Ghost Nets Australia, is made up of 22 indigenous communities in Western Australia, The Northern Territory and Northern Queensland.

Teams of rangers from the communities patrol beaches and reefs removing nets that have washed ashore, often they contain the remains of endangered sea turtles.

Steve Rice asked Jen Goldberg how many nets are washing up on Australia's northern coast.

Presenter: Steve Rice

Speaker: Jen Golberg the project officer for Ghost Nets Australia

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