13 Jan 2019 - BBC - More than half a million tonnes of fishing gear is estimated to be lost or abandoned every year in the world's seas and oceans. Some of it entangles and kills wildlife at sea and on shore.
Conservationists call it "ghost gear".
It includes fishing nets, long lines, fish traps and lobster pots left drifting at sea usually after being accidentally lost from fishing grounds or boats, or discarded in an emergency such as in a storm.
"Fishing gear is designed to trap marine organisms, and it can continue to do so long after the gear is lost or discarded in the ocean," says Joel Baziuk of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI).
"When lost fishing gear keeps catching fish after its intended lifespan, it is called ghost fishing."
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