30 Jun 2020

Italian divers just rescued a whale caught in ‘ghost’ fishing nets

2020, June 30 | Charlotte Edmond – WEFORUM

Italian divers have freed a sperm whale caught in discarded fishing nets.
It is just one of many whales, dolphins, turtles and other marine mammals that get caught in ghost nets each year.
Clean-ups are taking place around the world, and it’s hoped education and cooperation across the seafood supply chain will help curb ocean litter.
Just because a net is no longer being used doesn’t mean it can’t continue to catch things. Italian divers have freed a sperm whale entangled in a fishing net off the northern coast of Sicily.

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Elsewhere, companies are working to turn marine waste into useful products once more. Aquafil uses nylon waste from fishing nets to create new yarn for the fashion industry.

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