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'Ghost' Net Identified at Donaghadee Beach by Marine Conservation Charity Sea Shepherd NI

1st November 2022
Ards and North Down Council managed to remove and safely dispose of a ‘ghost’ net from the beach at The Parade in Donaghadee
Ards and North Down Council managed to remove and safely dispose of a ‘ghost’ net from the beach at The Parade in Donaghadee Credit: Ards and North Down Council

Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been abandoned, lost, or discarded in the ocean.

They are a major environmental hazard to marine and other wildlife, contributing to an estimated 10% of all marine plastic as well as causing harm to two-thirds of marine species.

Wildlife trapped in nets can succumb to a slow, inhumane death, whilst ingestion of marine plastic is a massive issue.

Ards and North Down Council recently posted on Facebook that its Parks Team had managed to remove and safely dispose of a ‘ghost’ net from the beach at The Parade in Donaghadee, a seaside town on the north County Down coast. The Council had received notification of it from a member of the marine conservation charity Sea Shepherd NI, and it turned out to be larger than anticipated.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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