GhostNets Australia has worked to build the capacity of 31 coastal indigenous communities to protect over 3,000 km of saltwater country from ghost nets.
We are immensely proud of the achievements of the Ranger Groups, however it is difficult to quantify them. Whilst rangers have recorded the removal of 13,000 ghost nets, we know that many more have been removed and the lives of many turtles have been saved. Even this doesn’t give an accurate picture of the enormity of the task. Working across a total of 3,000 km of coastline is no small feat, especially when the role requires the removal of nets that vary in size from a football to a Mack truck (6 tonnes or 6 kms long).
We are also proud of the work we have undertaken to build the capacity of these coastal ranger groups to manage the ghost net issues. We've done this by supporting them with a ‘fee for service’ arrangement (2004-2013) which has ensured rangers are adequately funded to do this hard yakka. This support has also included supplying much needed resources such as vehicles, net cutters and extra manpower where required and helping them negotiate partnerships with many commercial entities such as mining companies or fishing charters.
Whilst we continue to support the rangers to protect marine life, through the provision of training in data collection, ghost net identification and safe work practice, we have begun to expand our reach beyond our coastline, in a bid to work towards a vision of an ocean free from ghost nets.
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