Ghost nets can vary in size from a football to a Mack truck. So as you can imagine removing the nets from our shores is hard work, often requiring machinery to dig them out of the sand.
The nets that remain at sea can pose an even bigger challenge. Some are too large to move beyond the coastal fringe and require intensive resourcing (including help from fishermen) to lift them from the ocean.
Our ranger groups will often require support to enable them to tackle large nets including manpower, heavy equipment, resourcing and logistics. Some of our major cleanups have only been possible through our strong partnerships, brute force and sheer persistence!
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