Effects Of Gill Netting
Ghost nets are nets, in this case gillnets, that fisherman leave behind, lose, or forget about. Ghost nets are usually hard to see and are caught very easily on many surfaces. Unattended gill nets are getting away from the owners and lost in the oceans and other bodies of water. The lost gill nets are causing many problems. All sorts of marine and aquatic animals are getting trapped in ghost nets. Most of the animals trapped in the ghost nets will eventually die. Fish will be caught in the gill nets and most be taken the bottom of the body of water, caught up on rocks, or hung up on other objects that have been submerged. Many animals are affected by ghost nets. Almost every animal in the ocean is affected. Gill nets can be anywhere in bodies of water. They can be on the bottom where all of the plants and bottom fish are, in the middle with the fish and animals, or on the top where the birds and other fish are. Not only are the animals affected but the birds and plants are also affected. Whales, turtles, sea birds, fish, dolphins, and every animal and plant that dwell in and around the water can be caught in the ghost nets. Even when the animals are not killed they can be seriously injured by the nets. When the animals are seriously injured it makes it harder for them to survive. Animal’s lives are often shorter when injured by a gill net (Morgan, "Problems With Gill Net Fishing").
Ghost nets don’t only cause problems for the animals. Ghost nets effect the people that use these bodies of water and the plants that live on the bottom. Nets get caught on boats and often leads to the boat breaking or a very are task of removing the net from the boat. In the ocean coral is being broken because of gill nets(Grant, "Ghost nets - Don 't get