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Spotlight: Ghost Trap Recovery and Research Ramped Up Across the Country

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Every day, commercial fishermen around the country deploy hundreds of fishing traps into the ocean and coastal waters to land their catches. Far too often, these traps are lost because of storms, tangled lines, or disturbance from passing vessels, and fishermen have few resources to retrieve them.

While the traps sit on the bottom, crabs, lobsters, fish, and even turtles enter the traps and have no way of getting out. They often die and become bait for other animals to enter the traps. This is called “ghost fishing” and it is impacting fisheries and habitat across the country.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is funding gear modification research and trap removal projects, in order to help fix this problem. Here are a few recent and on-going efforts:

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.

6 thoughts on “Spotlight: Ghost Trap Recovery and Research Ramped Up Across the Country

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