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40 Tonnes of Fishing Net Pulled From Ocean

Posted on 6 August 2019

This month, volunteers from the Ocean Voyages Institute successfully pulled around 40 tonnes of dumped fishing nets from the ocean. 

Made mainly of plastic, the abandoned fishing nets were found lurking in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They also collected around two tonnes of plastic trash in the clean-up, which was donated to local artists. Everything else will go to a zero-emissions plant, which can incinerate the waste and turn it into energy. 

There are estimates that around 600,000 to 800,000 tonnes of fishing equiptment are lost or left in the ocean each year. An extra nine million tonnes of plastic waste flow into the ocean each year, which is made up of plastic bags, bottles and other items.

There are lots of organisations and volunteers working to help clean up Earth's oceans. It's important to pick up rubbish and other things that don't belong on the beach or in the ocean, as this is home for millions of sea life creatures.