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Finding a solution for recreational fishing pollution

 

Dive crewAs the impact of human activities on the environment percolates from research to public discussion there has been a global focus on the degradation of marine environments. Plastic pollution has galvanized public focus, initiating mass action to reduce consumption of single use plastics and implement reusable alternatives.
Hidden in the discussion is the fact that over 40% of plastic pollution in the oceans is composed of lost fishing gear. Sadly lost and abandoned fishing continues to ‘fish’ and is able to catch marine animals in a process known as Ghost Fishing.

Though attention and research is focused on commercial fishing activities, little research has been conducted on the contribution that snagged recreational shoreline fishing tackle makes to ghost fishing.

To address the impact of recreational fishing on biodiversity the Strandloper Project is studying ghost fishing and reef damage caused by shore based activities. More

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Sponsor Support

Every campaign requires numerous aspects in the planning phase to ensure it's success.

For the Strandloper Project Coastal Expedition having the support of local businesses and landowners is imperative to the success of our awareness campaign of the threat of fishing and plastic trash to marine ecology and biodiversity.

The Strandloper Project would like to thank our sponsors for their support, without which we woundln't have been able to accomplish as much as we did.

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Cleaning up the Reef

Based in the Garden Route, South Africa, our clean up dive program is arranged on a volunteer basis with dives scheduled when sea and weather conditions are ideal.

All diving is free diving in depths of 2m to 8m. To date we have dived on three site which have become regular transects.

We currently dive at Gericke's Point, Paquita Wreck and in Kingfisher Creek with plans to extend to Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay.

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Coastal Expedition

In May 2019 six members of the Strandloper Project hiked between Blombos Nature Reserve and Wilderness in the Garden Route.

During the 11 day hike along the coastline the team mapped fishing debris and plastic pollution.

It was a remarkable expedition through the origins of human cognitive thought as they hiked ancient routes hiked by Strandlopers up to 164,000 years ago.

On the route their reseach highlighted the challenge of plastic pollution and ghostfishing from lost fishing gear in the Garden Route.

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