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Discarded fishing nets recycled for eco surfboards

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 6, 2019 13:18

Discarded fishing nets recycled for eco surfboards

When the sun rises over the horizon in the southern Indian village of Kuthenkuly, Jesuraja and his fellow fishermen prepare to set off for a new day at sea. But they are not looking for fish they are searching for abandoned fishing nets floating in the Indian Ocean. Also known as “ghost nets”, this often nylon plastic netting has caused serious environmental damage.

It entangles marine life and degrades into microplastics that are eaten by fish, entering the food chain. It also snags boat propellers and damages engines. Non-profit animal welfare organisation World Animal Protection has said more than 100,000 whales, dolphins, seals and turtles get caught in abandoned or lost fishing nets, lines, traps and lobster pots each year.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 6, 2019 13:18

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