Scuba divers to help combat ‘ghost gear’

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Divers agree to help protect countless marine animals
The world’s largest recreational diver training organisation has teamed up with an initiative to rid the oceans of marine debris that entangles and kills hundreds of thousands of animals each year.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors, or PADI, has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, launched by the non-profit animal welfare body World Animal Protection in 2015.
The initiative is the first global alliance working to solve the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear, a type of marine debris known as ‘ghost gear’.
It reduces, removes and recycles ghost gear and helps rescue animals entangled in it.
Now, PADI divers will also be empowered to look for and report harmful ghost gear. Once it’s been spotted, it can be removed from the ocean to avoid whales, seals, turtles, birds and others suffering injuries and dying by becoming trapped in it.
More than 640,000 tons of fishing equipment is left behind in the world’s oceans each year. Reports show that this debris affects more than 800 species of marine life.
Many nets lost in global waters are enormous – often far bigger than football fields – trapping and killing marine life under the surface. Mostly made of plastic, ghost gear is also highly durable and can stay in the oceans for up to 600 years.
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