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.
Read more at http://theconversation.com/australias-northern-waters-killer-nets-and-flawed-funding-14859?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+11+June+2013&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+11+June+2013+CID_20ecdd95a5be655aa149b414792160e0&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Australias%20northern%20waters%20killer%20nets%20and%20flawed%20funding and http://www.ghostnets.com.au/
Ghost Nets Australia provides an important service monitoring and collecting ghost nets from the Timor and Arafura Seas. These nets are killers of marine life, including turtles, marine mammals and surface swimming fish. Abandoned nets can undo the good work we have done trying to save these species. Please maintain the funding for Ghost Nets Australia which can provide important feedback to governments regarding incidence but more importantly, rangers remove the nets to prevent further damage.