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UN told all fishing nets must have ID tags July 10,2018   |  Source: Voxy

World Animal Protection will today call on the member states of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to ensure all fishing nets are ID tagged by 2025 to reduce the numbers of marine animals being killed by lost fishing nets.

Every year more than one hundred thousand whales, dolphins, seals and turtles are caught in "ghost gear" - abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps which can take up to 600 years to decompose. A staggering 640,000 tonnes, the equivalent of 52,000 London double decker buses, of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year. Some nets lost in the oceans are bigger than football pitches.

At present, there are no effective mechanisms to identify the owner of fishing gear when it is lost or abandoned, making it harder to hold companies responsible and identify illegal operations.

Fishing gear is designed to capture and kill and when lost it can cause immense suffering for marine animals that can get caught in this incredibly durable equipment. The animals suffer a prolonged and painful death, usually suffocating or starving to death. Seven out of ten (71%) entanglements involve plastic ghost gear.

If all commercial fishing nets were tagged, fishing vessels would be incentivised to do more to ensure nets are not

 

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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