UN says ghost nets hurting marine environment

China View
by Daniel Ooko

NAIROBI, May 6 (Xinhua) — Large amounts of fishing gear lost at sea or abandoned by fishers are hurting the marine environment, impacting fish stocks through “ghost fishing” and posing a hazard to ships, a joint UN report said on Wednesday.

According to the report jointly produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the problem of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) is getting worse due to the increased scale of global fishing operations and the introduction of highly durable fishing gear made of long-lasting synthetic materials.

The report estimates that abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10 percent (640,000 tonnes) of all marine litter.

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