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5 things you didn’t know about ghost nets

21.09.2020

Our new kitchen composter that will be launched in October, Bokashi Organko 2 Ocean, is made from recycled fishing nets. But what are fishing nets anyway? Can we even imagine how much danger they pose to the environment?
 
  1. What are fishing nets and why do they pose a problem?
Waste fishing nets, also called ghost nets, are nets that have been discarded into the depths of the sea. Even though they no longer serve people, they still hunt and kill entangled animals. They catch millions of animals every year, as those who get stuck can no longer escape and eventually suffocate. Fishing nets not only pose a threat to marine animals but are also a major threat to those on land.
 
According to the latest researches, fishing nets present 30-50 % of all plastics in the oceans. As much as 46 % of the waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch are fishing nets. This is a quantity that is so hard to imagine from our point of view, but in reality, this dirty island in the middle of the Pacific is larger than the 4-time area of Germany! There are 80.000 tons of plastic!
 
  1. How do fishing nets fall into the oceans?
Fishing nets fall into the oceans in several ways as a result of unregulated fishing practices.
  • Illegal fishing: When an illegal fisherman at sea realizes that he is in danger of being caught, he immediately throws fishing nets overboard.
  • Economic reasons: Appropriate handling of waste fishing nets is expensive and the majority of fishing companies cannot afford it, so throwing nets overboard is the simplest alternative for them. Also, if the daily catch is too large and there is no more room for it on board, the fishermen first get rid of the nets and thus make more room for the animals on the boat.
  • Environmental reasons: The nets used by fishermen to catch their prey can get stuck at the bottom with corals or other obstacles, so it is easiest for them to simply cut the nets at the top and leave them in the sea. We can also imagine how many nets fall into the water due to storms that catch fishermen at sea and accidents that happen in the middle of the oceans.
 
  1. Fishing nets were not always made of plastic
For centuries, fishing nets have been produced from natural materials such as hemp, sisal, and linen, however, in the last few decades they have been made from plastics. Due to the nature of the material, fishing nets pose a danger to the environment longer. Instead of decomposing, plastic in the sea breaks down into small particles, also known as microplastic, that animals consume, and, after all, so do we when we eat them.
 
  1. Fight against fishing nets
It is time to use plastics that already exist in order to make new plastic products. We need to spin it and give it a new purpose. With the new Bokashi Organko 2 Ocean, we do it – we give new life into something that no longer has any purpose.
 
In this way, we are not only fighting the consequences of pollution with fishing nets, but also the cause. By using granules, which are formed by special plants by manually picking fishing nets from the shores, we prevent them from ending up in the oceans.
 
  1. What can you do?
Before you eat seafood, find out what its path to your plate was like. WWF’s website is an excellent starting point.
 
Discuss the problem with others! Have you ever wondered how many people are not even aware of the issue of waste fishing nets?
 
Support projects that donate to organizations whose mission is to clean the oceans. For every Bokashi Organko 2 Ocean sold, we donate 2 EUR to an institution than cleans the ocean from waste plastics and waste fishing nets.
 
Have you noticed a waste fishing net? Remove it and throw it in the trash. You know the phrase about small steps and big changes, right?

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