WHERE DO GHOST NETS COME FROM?
Different ways lead ghost nets to the ocean. Most of the time, fishing nets are intentionally thrown into the ocean:
-Some fishing practices, like trawling, can make nets get caught on the bottom of the ocean. This can be dangerous. They can tear and drift away with the currents if they get caught in something.
When a lot of fish are caught, nets get overfilled. This could cause the fishing net to tear. Fishermen also often throw fishing nets overboard to make room for more fish on the boat.
Harsh Weather Conditions at Sea
During storms, nets can fall off trawl boats. Dislodged fishing nets may drift away before they are found and brought back.
Illegal Fishing Practices
People who fish illegally may throw their nets into the sea when they are caught by the authorities.
High Retrieval Cost
There is a lot of money that goes into getting ghost nets out of the ocean. It also takes a lot of time and is risky. Fishermen who have lost their fishing nets may want to buy a new one instead of trying to find the one they lost instead.