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Our survey results between January 2018 and January 2019 showed that snagged fishing tackle from recreational fishing does pose a Ghost Fishing threat to inshore reef fish.

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Strandloper Project Team
Finding a solution for recreational fishing pollution

 

Strandloper TeamThe Strandloper Project has been fortunate to have a large number of volunteers that are concerned about the welfare of the ocean to join us on our transect dives.

For the 10 day coastal hike, seven volunteers have committed themselves to going the distance. Initially planned as a self sufficiency hike relying on food foraged from the intertidal zone, the limitation of reliable fresh water along the route has forced us to plan a back up team.

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Chris Leggatt

Chris Leggatt

Avid photographer, owner of Eden Adventures and environmental campaigner, Chris has joined the Strandloper Project to raise awareness of ghost fishing and to clean up where possible.

Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon

A marine biologist, nature guide and avifaunal consultant, Mark is a natural field researcher. He first encountered the impacts of ghost fishing on commercial long liners and has campaigned for ethical fishing practices ever since.

Together with his wife Amanda, he had the idea to clean up the reef of fishing debris at Gericke's Point.

Little did he know that a simple clean up outing would morph into such a large project and provide such staggering results. Wanting to know the extent of the pollution he proposed the survey hike.

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Dr Louw Classens

As head of the Knysna Basin Project, Louw is passionate about marine ecology, a passion which extends to the Strandloper Project. As well as assisting in our survey dives, she will be participating on the coastal hike.

In addition she has managed to enrol some post graduate projects to study various aspects of ghost fishing from recreational fishing debris.

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

Lisa is a professional photographer and social media manager who is concerned about the global degradation of the environment. Even when she was healing a torn ligament and had her leg in a cast she was adamant that she was going to do the coastal hike to document the coastline and the plastic pollution.

 

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Melinda Morkel

Since the inception of the coastal survey hike, Melinda has dived on every transect survey. Working in a family business, Melinda has become inspired to communicate the message of ghost fishing and marine plastic pollution

Amanda Dixon

Amanda Dixon

Amanda is a field researcher which fuels her passion for nature, but it is her event managing skills that she engages to direct Mark in the planning of the coastal hike. Amanda will direct the back up logistics.

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