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Ashored Innovations creates ropeless trap to help with marine animal entanglement

According to The United Nations Environment Programme, an estimated 640,000 tons of ghost gear is lost each year. It’s a problem that in 2017, caused the death of 12 North Atlantic right whales, an endangered species that live primarily off the Eastern coast of Canada. Ghost gear—various nets, traps, and rope that are lost from fishing vessels—make up for a large chunk of marine animal entanglement. Add in the amount of plastic that animals choke on and that number skyrockets. It’s here, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that Ashored Innovations is quietly working away on a solution. Some cute action video’s! >click to read<21:31

Fishermen clean up ‘ghost gear’ from Bay of Fundy

The started dragging the waters off the coast of Saint John and Deer Island seven years ago. More than 500 abandoned traps were hauled up from the bottom of the Bay of Fundy in 2008.  “There was concern that there was all this gear down there that was fishing and killing lobsters — could entangle whales. The gear is just fishing and fishing and killing indiscriminately,” said Maria Recchia, the association’s executive director. Read the rest here 08:08

Fishermen haul up other deadliest catch

PROVINCETOWN — Fishing vessel crews from the All In and Miss Lilly pulled in at around 2 p.m. Tuesday to MacMillan Pier from a morning of “ghost” busting. Both boats were loaded with old fishing gear, known as “ghost gear,” that the fishermen had scraped up from the sea floor, in the third annual effort to return lobster traps to owners and rid the sea of junk. Read more here 04:07