The coastline of Northern Australia is mostly owned and occupied by indigenous peoples of Australia, and supports an array of marine and coastal species, including six of the world’s seven marine turtle species and four saw fish species. Many populations of these species have declined elsewhere in the world. Ghost nets are part of vast rafts of marine debris arriving from international waters to the north of Australia that are fouling this remote coastline.
Thanks to the work of GhostNets Australia the damage is limited but unfortunately still not completely under control. The people involved in this organization working hard on derelict fishing gear removal and monitoring at the surface and along the coastal lines and raises awareness through conferences, media and internationally-touring pieces of ghost net art. Meet the teams of GhostNets Australia!