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Ghost Gear and Microplastics

The plastic pollution of our oceans is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. If the trend of plastic pollution in the oceans continues as business as usual, by 2050 there might be more plastics in the oceans than fish. One of the biggest contributions to plastic pollution of the oceans are ghost nets that are floating through…

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Aquaculture – A Solution to Ghost Gear?

First, let’s define what is aquaculture and what practices are being used. The practice of aquaculture, the controlled breeding, rearing and harvesting of marine organisms, is rapidly growing contrasting branch to commercial capture fisheries. Aquaculture has been practiced all over the globe for centuries. However, it was not until the 1980s, the tremendous decline in global fish stocks and the…

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