EJF launches new project to rid sea of discarded, abandoned fishing nets

EJF launches new project to rid sea of discarded, abandoned fishing nets

An initiative has been launched in Ghana to defend the shoreline from the damaging effects of abandoned, plastic fishing nets.

The scheme, which additionally gives incomes to hard-pressed coastal communities, is depicted in a new film from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

Ghana’s marine fisheries make use of over 135,000 fishers immediately and about 2.6 million people alongside the worth chain depend on it for his or her livelihood.

Yet the sector is in sharp decline with incomes of small-scale fishers declining by 40% between 2001 and 2011.

EJF launches new project to rid sea of discarded, abandoned fishing nets

Nearly 200 fishing communities, that are severely impacted by unlawful fishing and overfishing, are having their livelihoods threatened by destroyed, abandoned or lost fishing gear – the deadliest type of plastic air pollution, which varieties floating dying traps entangling and choking marine wildlife. 

Environmental Justice Foundation’s “Net Free Seas” project collects and recycles discarded fishing nets whereas offering tangible monetary incentives to coastal communities who take part within the project, said the NGO.

EJF launches new project to rid sea of discarded, abandoned fishing nets

It is already gathering tempo. 600 fishers have been educated to take part and 4.6 tons of nets have been collected. These are being remodeled into durable, sustainable products, such as spectacles.

Now, EJF is releasing a new film about Net Free Seas, titled “Saving Ghana’s waters from ghost gears”.

The film raises consciousness in regards to the dangerous effects of lost or discarded fishing gear, and other varieties of plastic air pollution and presents options.

It exhibits how native fishers gather discarded monofilament nets and stop them from ending up within the sea for submission under the project whereas benefiting financially, EJF reported.

EJF launches new project to rid sea of discarded, abandoned fishing nets
EJF launches new project to rid sea of discarded, abandoned fishing nets

The Net Free Seas project continues to educate fishers and the general public on the effects of destroyed or abandoned fishing gear on Ghana’s fisheries, in addition to how to obtain behavioural change to finish the inappropriate disposal of destroyed or waste nets.

This will scale back the extent to which they enter weak and essential marine ecosystems, safeguarding the ocean ecosystems which help so many Ghanaians.

Steve Trent, CEO and founder of the Environmental Justice Foundation, said:

“A new, sustainable approach to the disposal of discarded nets and plastic waste is critical for a healthy, clean ocean. Increased public awareness of the negative impacts of discarded nets on marine ecosystems and animals is crucial to the fight against plastic pollution.

“This new film shows how fishing communities can work together to protect ocean ecosystems and make sustainable profits at the same time, through Net Free Seas.” 

The film additionally reveals that 4 sea turtles caught in fishing nets had been safely released. EJF says it will proceed to work to defend ocean wildlife and empower native communities. 

Source: myjoyonline

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