Ghost Nets Australia

Ghost nets are extremely destructive, taking a heavy toll on marine animals, particularly turtles. Over the years many tonnes of net have been pulled off the beaches and hence many turtles saved.
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Senior Nanum Wungthim Ranger, Phillip Mango cutting free a juvenile Hawksbill turtle. Nanum Wungthim (Napranum)- The Napranum Rangers were a founding member of GhostNets Australia in 2004. Photo by Matt Gillis.

Senior Nanum Wungthim Ranger, Phillip Mango cutting free a juvenile Hawksbill turtle. Nanum Wungthim (Napranum)- The Napranum Rangers were a founding member of GhostNets Australia in Photo by Matt Gillis.

Workshop participants were very interested in seeing and working with the Ghost Nets to display their creative talents. image of community artists St Pauls Village on Moa Island.

GhostNets Australia - using net wastage in the sea to create artworks

Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers undertaking a clean-up operation and assessing the damage that has been caused with these Ghost Nets. Riki Gunn’s quest to find a use for ghost nets resulted in the development of ghost net art, a form that has captured the attention of art lovers all over the world and along the way engendered considerable publicity. However, we would all rather not have these nets in the water at all and washed up on our shores.

Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers undertaking a clean-up operation and assessing the damage that has been caused with these Ghost Nets. Riki Gunn’s quest to find a use for ghost nets resulted in the development of ghost net art, a form that has captured the attention of art lovers all over the world and along the way engendered considerable publicity. However, we would all rather not have these nets in the water at all and washed up on our shores.

Kowanyama Land and sea ranger retrieving a ghost net. Commendable work undertaken by our Indigenous Rangers, not widely known about.

Kowanyama Land and sea ranger retrieving a ghost net. Commendable work undertaken by our Indigenous Rangers, not widely known about.

An Art Starter - Aurukun 2009- Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Mavis Ngallametta's crative works using Ghost Nets were a big hit at the Event.

An Art Starter - Aurukun Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Mavis Ngallametta's crative works using Ghost Nets were a big hit at the Event.

The Ghost Net Art Project: Shekeena Pahimbung easily fits into this basket as it was being made during the first ghost net workshop in Aurukun in 2009. Photo by Sue Ryan.

Ghost Nets Australia - renowned fibre artists facilitate workshops that marry traditional weaving and fibre techniques with these modern materials. The result is fantastic artworks, safer oceans and up-cycled refuse.

Scope of the Problem; Information surveyed by Ghost Nets Australia from Broome WA to Lockhart River, east coast of Queensland, found that 90% of the nets are found in the northern half of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Scope of the Problem; Information surveyed by Ghost Nets Australia from Broome WA to Lockhart River, east coast of Queensland, found that of the nets are found in the northern half of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Ghostly art, made from debris that menaces marine life

With more than half a million people participating in last Sunday’s Clean Up Australia Day, it’s perhaps not surprising that some odd objects came to light. Not all the rubbish was on land, and not all…

This is an example of the quantity of ghost nets in the ocean killings lots of marine life as they get caught in the nets. Turtles and dugong especially.

This is an example of the quantity of ghost nets in the ocean killings lots of marine life as they get caught in the nets. Turtles and dugong especially.


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