Ghosts of the Gulf

Napranum rangers Peter Harper and Angela Christie training new recruits during filming of "Ghost of the Gulf". Photo Gary Luchi.

ABC Documentary: Ghosts of the Gulf

This terrific documentary about ghost nets filmed in 2007/8 was aired on the ABC television show "Message Stick" not once but three times over the course of 18 months due to popular demand.

Shot near Numbulwar Homelands and Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory and western Cape York, this film showcases the great work done by Indigenous rangers attached to the Ghost Net Program.

It was completed in the last week of February 2008 under the trying conditions of a turbulent wet season north of the small community of Mapoon on the western side of Cape York.

This event was unique in the fact that for the first time indigenous rangers, who had been previously trained in ghost net work by GNA Project Officer, Gary Luchi, were then able to be the trainers for a new mob from Mapoon. Richard Woosup from Injinoo and Peter Harper and Angela Christie from Napranum took to the task like seasoned professionals and really did get into the spirit of the theme of the Project, being "Saltwater People Working Together".