REPORT MARINE DEBRIS
Marine debris is not only unsightly, it’s dangerous for sea life, hazardous to human health, and costly for our economies. Marine animals become entangled in debris, and even mistake it for food - often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beachgoers can be directly harmed by encounters with marine debris or its toxins. The environmental damage caused by plastic debris alone is estimated at US$13 billion a year.
Discarded fishing nets makes no distinctions, capturing marine mammals, turtles, birds, sharks, rays, invertebrate, crustaceans, and many other creatures have been found trapped in them. Discarded nets will continue to accumulate and the impacts on the Red Sea's ecosystems will continue to get worse if the Red Sea's community doesn't take effective steps to deal with it.
As part of our Red Sea Marine Debris Project, We are collaborating with Ghost Diving - Egypt Chapter to tackle Ghost Nets and to conduct removal/recovery operations. Ghost Diving Egypt is a group of technical divers, and are usually confronted with ghost fishing gear during dives; be it fishing nets, fishing lines, fish traps or even plastic waste or lost anchors. These are all capable of ghost fishing when left unattainable and would surely have a massive impact on the health of our oceans if left down there with no one taking action.
If you spot any heavy marine debris or discarded fishing nets anywhere in the Red Sea; It would help us a lot if you would share this information with us. This information will help us better conduct our marine protection work in the Red Sea. Sometimes it's difficult to determine the exact location or dimension of the Ghost net. To confirm such reports we kindly ask you to add a photo or a short video, or add a link to allow us to download it. We will share your report with our partners and community members and arrange for the cleanup accordingly.
Soon we will announce the release of the Red Sea Project mobile Application. You'll be able to share your Marine Debries Reports using a mobile phone application for iOS and Android.