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2007 Banksia Indigenous Award

   2007 Banksia Indigenous Award

Carpenteria Ghost Nets Programme- Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, QLD

Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been lost accidentally, deliberately discarded, or simply abandoned at sea.  They travel the oceans of the world with the currents and tides continually fishing as they progress through the waters.  As they are unattended and roaming, they fish indiscriminately, not only catching threatened species but undersized and protected fish as well.

In Northern Australia Indigenous Sea Rangers noted that many turtles were being captured in ghost nets that were washing up on the beaches. As much of this coastline is the breeding and foraging ground for 6 culturally and ecologically important species of marine turtle there was a real concern that so many were getting trapped and dying.

The Ghost Net Project is for people from Indigenous communities all around the Gulf of Carpentaria to find ways to work together to get rid of marine debris in their sea country.


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South Coast Natural Resource Management inc. in partnership with the South West Catchment Council, WA