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Tenneco Towers Ghost Net Removal

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By: NOAA Marine Debris Program staff

In early March, a team of federal, state and non-profit partners removed a 200-foot commercial fishing gill net  found wrapped around the Tenneco Towers artificial reef, two miles south of Florida’s Broward County. The net, which weighed approximately 1,000 pounds, trapped and killed marine life, including fish and a sea turtle by “ghostfishing” —  which occurs when fishing gear continues to “fish” and entangle animals long after it has been lost or discarded.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program worked with state, local, non-profits and other federal agencies to fund the ghost-net removal. Take a look at some of the photos from the successful operation:

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Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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