The ghost nets are began to be surfaced

01 Aug 2013

Hundreds of meters of ghost nets were surfaced in the cleaning efforts. The efforts will continue in the coming months.


New Horizons - The project, launched by Gökova Sailing Club and Mediterranean Conservation Society with the support of the Strengthening the System of Marine and Coastal Protected Areas of Turkey Project and GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), aims the removal of the ghost nets from the marine environment to reduce the pressure on the ecosystem.

Ghost nets lead great damage in terms of marine species and the ecosystem.

Spotted nets are being removed

The ghost nets, which were spotted in the previous field studies, are begun to be brought surface by a team of seven divers since June.

Over 35 dives were made in the first phase of the works, which are being implemented in Gökova Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA).

500 meters of nets surfaced

Approximately 500 meters of nets and fish lines were surfaced from the depths varying between 20-40 meters the nets and the fish lines are kept to be exhibited at the end of the project.

The efforts will continue in the coming months.

Dusky grouper freed from the “ghost”

The ghost nets, which are left at the bottom of the sea and continue to hunt, are threatening the natural life where they are located.

The video of rescue of a dusky grouper, which was caught by a ghost net, during the cleaning process, reveals the high danger of the nets.

 

Please click here for information about the dusky grouper.

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Ghost Net Hunters rescue a dusky grouper, caught by a ghost net

 

Please click here for information about the dusky grouper.