The Ghost Fishing Foundation

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David Fascio, Staff Writer

Sharks seem to have gotten a bad reputation over the last 50 years or so. In fact, you could point to the classic film Jaws as the possible start of our society’s fear of sharks. However, when you look at the statistics, there is no argument, humans kill way more sharks than the other way around. In fact, it’s not just incidents where one shark is killed; there are incidents where hundreds of sharks are killed at once. Off the coast of the Cayman Islands, a ghost net was found with hundreds of dead fish and sharks inside of them. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been left or lost in the ocean by fishermen. They are one of the biggest problems facing the world’s oceans. It’s also a vicious cycle. The smell of decomposing fish caught in the net attracts predators, and they in turn get caught themselves. Another thing to consider about ghost nets is the fact that it’s a waste of marine life, because the fishes caught within the net become decomposed and are no longer edible when they are found. It is a waste of hundreds of fish. Many people who are dedicated to fixing this problem want to educate the public about this epidemic. The Ghost Fishing Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate boaters, fishermen, divers, and the public so that the issue can be curbed. The foundation works to clean up ocean debris all- across the globe. Sharks are cool, and responsible fishing is a good thing as well as making an effort in protecting the world’s ocean at all costs.

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