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Little Shekeena tests a basket constructed from recycled ghost nets - one of many innovative art and craft projects aimed at turning fishing debris into usable objects.
Every year off the north coast of Australia, thousands of lost and discarded fishing nets are intercepted by GhostNets Australia.  These nets are an incredible threat to marine wildlife and have been known to entangle turtles, fish, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, seabirds… even the occasional SCUBA diver.
GNA are a team of Indigenous Australians committed to protecting Australian waters. Since the organisation began in 2004, they have removed over 7,500 ghost nets and saved the lives of many marine animals - mostly sea turtles!
But GNA are not only active offshore. A huge part of their approach is what they do with the nets after they’re pulled in. There are many art and recycling projects that encourage the re-use of ghost nets which takes some of the pressure off local land fills. The result is quality hand-made, eco-items - from baskets, to bags, to hammocks and more! Check it out!
- Photograph by Sue Ryan 2009

sexyactionplanet:

Little Shekeena tests a basket constructed from recycled ghost nets - one of many innovative art and craft projects aimed at turning fishing debris into usable objects.

Every year off the north coast of Australia, thousands of lost and discarded fishing nets are intercepted by GhostNets Australia. These nets are an incredible threat to marine wildlife and have been known to entangle turtles, fish, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, seabirds… even the occasional SCUBA diver.

GNA are a team of Indigenous Australians committed to protecting Australian waters. Since the organisation began in 2004, they have removed over 7,500 ghost nets and saved the lives of many marine animals - mostly sea turtles!

But GNA are not only active offshore. A huge part of their approach is what they do with the nets after they’re pulled in. There are many art and recycling projects that encourage the re-use of ghost nets which takes some of the pressure off local land fills. The result is quality hand-made, eco-items - from baskets, to bags, to hammocks and more! Check it out!

- Photograph by Sue Ryan 2009