Ghost Nets. The silent killer plastic plaguing our oceans. Raising awareness with Ghost Dress at Henley Festival
Ghost nets are abandoned, lost or discarded fishing nets made from synthetic fibers that are left drifting in the world’s oceans. According to marine specialists, it is estimated that 640,000 tonnes of this netting is lost internationally each year and ghost nets account for 10 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans. These silent killers can travel vast distances and are difficult to track. Ghost nets will entangle, and eventually kill marine creatures like sea turtles, dolphins, fish, sharks, seabirds, whales and other living creatures. And thats just the start of it. The dead rotting catch attracts scavengers who in turn also become tangled and the cycle continues. In some cases floating nets become so laden, they sink to the bottom of the ocean. When the ensnared catch rots away the net floats back to surface to do it all again. These nets are designed to catch sea life. They are designed to last. Now discarded from their vessels they roam indiscriminately, unwittingly killing off the very lively hood they were designed to build. Henley Festival hosted eco-designer Linda Thomas to showcase her Ghost Net Dress. Made from fishing nets removed from the ocean , this thought provoking live installation Co-ordinated and organised by Julia Carey from Henley Plastic Reduction with support from The Salon Of Chi and local models and activists presents a powerful message.