From March 2016, NCD is proud to be officially part of a new, international in scope project concerning concerving the water environment: GHOSTFISHING.
The problem concerns what happens to fishing gears when fishmen lose or throw them away. Imagine a fishing net that wanders and clings to a cliff or a wreckage and is embraced by a fishboat trawl. Nets, fishing lines, traps or every kind of artificial object intending to capture sea organisms that gets lost is to be retained as Ghostfishing, precisely because these tools keep on capturing preys with no one actually exploiting this fishing activity, and this problem is now affecting the already exhausted commercial fish stocks. The captured fish dies and becomes the bait, attracting another fish that will be captured in the same net, leading to a vicious circle.
The Ghostfishing problem was brought to the world's attention during the 16th session of the Fao Committee for fishing, in April 1985. After the debate taking place in the COFI (Fishing Committee), the FAO Secretariat published a comprehensive study of this problem. The loss of fishing tools is one of the greatest murders of our oceans, and not only is it because of its number. Literally hundreds of kilometers of nets and fishing lines are abandoned every year because of the nature of new materials used in this tools' production, that may and will keep up the fishing for years - maybe even centuries.
For further information check the project's official website
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Recoveries made (displayed into degressive chronological order)