Oceans trapped in ghost nets

This infographic was published by the weekly The Time in its edition of June 13, five days after World Oceans Dayduring which the United Nations recalled that “Our relationship with the ocean urgently needs to change, as our efforts to date have only scratched the surface of the problem.”

Covering more than 70% of our planet, the seas produce at least 50% of the oxygen and are home to most of the terrestrial biodiversity. But they are threatened by overfishing and pollution in particular. This infographic focuses on one of the sources of degradation of the marine environment: fishing nets lost by ships during storms or abandoned by illegal fishermen.

Initiatives to recover abandoned equipment

Not only do these devices regularly trap marine animals, but as they degrade, they also turn into tiny plastic particles that are found in the guts of some fish. It is estimated that plastics linked to fishing gear represent nearly a quarter of the waste present in the oceans.

According to a study published in 2022 and relayed at the time by The Guardian, The number of fishing nets lost or thrown into the oceans each year would be enough to cover the surface area of ​​Scotland. And “if all types of lost lines were tied together”, there would be something to do “18 times around the Earth”, wrote the British newspaper.

Today, more and more initiatives are emerging to try to recover abandoned fishing equipment, or even to recycle it in order to limit pollution of the seas. And in 2023, recalls The time, Germany has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, which brings together fishermen, governments and scientists to combat ocean pollution. While NGOs, universities and private companies are also part of it, Only 24 nations took part in this initiative.

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