Thousands of killer nets (ghost nets) are floating in the Timor and Arafura Sea north of Australia, doing untold damage to marine life including turtles, marine mammals and fish. Fishers cut away these “ghost” nets when they become entangled or when the fishers need to run from patrols. They also come adrift when sliced away by competing fishing vessels. Indigenous Rangers in northern Australia have collected over 13000 nets since 2004 but their funding has been discontinued. This funding should be restored as part of our responsibility to monitor and maintain the health of our marine environment.
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