Fishing Pollution

 

 

Fishing net pollution also known as ghost fishing gear,  account for 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Each year, fisheries lose or discard 500,000 to 1 million tons of fishing gear in the ocean.  Furthermore fishing nets are made with plastic fibers and thus live effectively forever in the ocean.  Innovation in the fishing net industry is required. Using biodegradable material instead of nylon for fishing nets is  a must. Federal regulations are required and International guidelines are needed to curb bad actors in the fishing community.