Sign the Petition: Enforce Ghost Net Regulations in Commercial Fishing
Various marine animals – from small green sea turtles to large pilot whales – become entangled in fishing gear that has been discarded or lost in the ocean — known as “ghost nets.” Animals may drown within minutes or endure long, slow deaths lasting months or even years, suffering from debilitating wounds, infection and starvation.
Commercial fishing companies need to ensure they are doing their part to prevent their gear from being abandoned, but there are no enforced mandates to prevent abandoned ghost gear from entering our oceans.
Add your name to our petition, advocating for the enforcement of regulations to save all sea life from ghost nets.
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Although there are regulations and guidelines to prevent commercial fishing operations from allowing fishing gear that has been discarded or lost in the ocean — known as “ghost nets” — from entering our ocean, the lack of enforcement of these regulations is causing all sea life to become victim to ghost nets at alarming rates.
Various marine animals – from small green sea turtles to large pilot whales – become entangled in these abandoned nets. Animals may drown within minutes or endure long, slow deaths lasting months or even years, suffering from debilitating wounds, infection and starvation. Ghost nets contribute greatly to marine debris — according to a 2018 study in Scientific Reports, ghost nets makeup at least 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
To save thousands of marine species from injury and death by abandoned fishing gear, and to prevent a source of marine debris from polluting our oceans, streams and waterways, I support the enforcement of regulations that hold commercial fishing operations responsible for properly collecting and disposing commercial fishing gear including fishing lines, nets, crab and shrimp pots. I also support the implementation of new requirements to save marine life from commercial fishing gear, including closing specific areas of the ocean to fishing and strengthening monitoring requirements.
Ghost nets are a small drop in the ocean of tumultuous threats all ocean life face, but we must do all we can to protect all ocean life from their devastating and heart-wrenching impacts.