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As ‘ghost fishing’ ravages ocean stocks, efforts build to retrieve killer lost nets and traps

Abandoned or lost fishing gear — including traps, crab pots and nets — litters the ocean floor in coastal areas around the world. Many continue to attract, entrap and kill fish and other marine life in what is called “ghost fishing.” Groups, governments and companies around the world are engaged in efforts to retrieve and recycle as much of the abandoned gear as they can get their hands on. The goal is to protect the environment, prevent marine life from being killed, remove threats to navigation and, in some cases, generate energy. Read the rest here 17:09

Removal of derelict fishing gear has major economic impact

Waterman EC Hogge with a derelict crab pot retrieved from the York River.A new study by researchers at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that removal of derelict fishing gear could generate millions of dollars in extra harvest value for commercial fisheries worldwide. The study focused on a 6-year, collaborative program to remove derelict crab pots from Chesapeake Bay, showing that the effort generated more than $20 million in harvest value for area watermen. Extending their methodology to estimate the economic benefits of removing derelict crab pots and lobster traps on a global basis,,, Read the article here 08:49