CC BY 2.0 Derek Keats Abandoned fishing gear is a big problem. But a small army is training to tackle it. As the world waits for trackable, biodegradable fishing nets —and for the fishing industry in general to get serious about its waste problem —abandoned fishing nets continue to make up a startling percentage of the trash that’s found in the oceans. This problem is particularly pernicious because fishing nets kill marine life by design , meaning any that are left floating around are almost certainly going to result in collateral damage. Luckily, there’s a new front in the fight against so-called ghost nets. Conservation International is working with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) on a course that trains any certified recreational diver to safely remove rogue fishing gear from the ocean so that it can be disposed of safely, and perhaps even recycled into something more useful . We’ve seen before how divers can make a difference in removing ghost nets or even rescuing sharks who’ve gotten themselves entangled . But a training course could help make such efforts both safer and far more widespread. In much the same way that 2 Minute Beach Cleans are creating […]

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