Hawaii's Net Patrol battles ghost fishing gear

Abandoned fishing nets: a threat to sea life | Photo: USFWS/Creative Commons

In just one year alone, Net Patrol has already removed 47,000 pounds of marine debris off of Kauai's coastlines.

The program, run by the Surfrider Foundation in Kauai, pulls derelict fishing nets from the Hawaiian shores. Barbara Wiedner and her crew dedicated 3,000 hours of volunteering to remove these floating threats from the ocean and beach.

Abandoned fishing nets have become a global danger, and they represent 10 percent of all marine litter. Ghost fishing gear is responsible for the death and injury of turtles and many other sea animals.

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