Finland begins fishing plastic "ghost nets" out of the Baltic

  • Tuesday 17, September 2019 09:16 AM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Finnish environmental authorities have begun a project to trawl the Baltic sea and remove abandoned fishing nets, known as "ghost nets", which continue to trap fish and other wildlife.
Plastic fishing equipment disintegrates extremely slowly in the sea, and the UN’s food body claims ghost nets constitute one tenth of all plastic waste in the world’s seas.

Pekka Kotilainen, senior scientist, Finnish Environment Institute said, "So it’s a pilot project in Finland and we are dragging the ghost nets. Ghost nets, they are abandoned fishing gear that fishermen - recreational fishers or professionals - they’ve lost their gear in the sea."