Mar Pollut Bull 2021 Sep 24;173(Pt A):112959. Epub 2021 Sep 24.
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS), Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
The remote Gulf of Carpentaria (GoC) represents 10% of Australia's coastline. This large, shallow sea supports high-value fishing activities and habitat for threatened species, and is a sink for abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) 'ghost nets', most originating from fishing activities outside of Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone. With growing concerns about the plastic waste along the world's coastlines, we retrospectively analyzed ghost net sighting information from four aerial surveys across 15 years, to investigate whether densities of ghost nets are changing through time or in space. Read More