Why Ghosts Should Not Be Fishing!


Did you know that millions of marine
animals get killed by ghosts Every year? We’re going to get into that and some
possible solutions, so stick around. Welcome to Aquatic Addiction, the channel that’s all about
marine life and ocean conservation, so we can pass along a healthy planet
to future generations. I’m your host, Mohammad Tavakoli. When
fishermen head out to sea, they intend to bring back all their
gear with the fish they caught that day. It doesn’t always work that way though, whether it’s because of bad
weather or bad fishing practices, 640,000 metric tons of fishing gear
is left in the ocean every year. That’s about the weight of 60,000 school
buses that we dump in the ocean every single year. Fishing gear is designed to catch fish
and other marine animals and it does that job really well. Whether
we’re there to collect or not. That means all this fishing gear that’s
being dumped in the ocean is killing millions of marine animals for no
reason. Hence the terms ghost fishing, ghost gear or ghost nets. In August of 2018 Mexico’s Federal Agency
for environmental protection announced that they had found more than 300 olive
Ridley turtles stuck in a fishing net off the coast of the state of Oaxaca. Their shells had cracked from drying
in the sun for more than a week. Unfortunately, these things happen all the time and
that’s the problem with ghost fishing. When fishing gear gets lost at sea,
there’s no telling where it could end up. A study done in Australia found that
over 95% of fishing gear that came ashore in Australia actually
originated in other countries. So what can we do about this problem? I heard you got ghost problem. No, I told you we’re not doing that. But it’s funny. It’s not supposed to be
funny man. This is serious. You said you would consider it, man. You, you just ruined it, man. You
ruined the video. You ruined it. Just… fine. …get Out, get out. So what can we do? While there is no solution
that’s going to work overnight, the United Nations has proposed measures
that could help reduce the effects of ghost fishing, things like
educational programs for fisheries, providing incentives for fishermen to
report loss gear and retrieving ones they find, establishing cycling facilities so
that fishermen can recycle the old and damaged gear and using gps and tagging
technology to retrieve ghost gear at sea. There are also nonprofit organizations
like the ghost fishing foundation that works with local dive organizations
to retrieve ghost gear from the ocean. I have provided a link in the
description to their website. Please go check them out. So
there are solutions out there. We need to support the people
who are doing the important work, and we really need to push our governments
to take action and save our marine animals from being killed by ghosts.
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