Volunteer divers target discarded ‘ghost’ fishing gear

Divers from Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) are collecting stray fishing equipment, known as ghost gear. On Thursday, they recovered 17 lobster pots along with fishing nets and rope. The dives have been funded by the animal welfare charity World Animal Protection UK, which said ghost gear is “a massive global problem” affecting marine life such as dolphins and seals.


Last year on a similar dive, NARC cleared one tonne of commercial fishing net and 13 lobster pots, 12 of which were still ghost fishing. The group works closely with fishing communities to locate the best place to dive, including places where pots have been lost during the winter storms.

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