Marine trash: Diving team sets out on mission to pick up fishing gear

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You need to hold on tight aboard the Gebrüder, as the ship rocks in the North Sea swell as it journeys past the East Frisian Islands. That’s nothing compared to the currents below the surface, where divers from Ghost Diving Germany are on a mission to find fishing nets. They are the German chapter of Ghost Diving International, which seeks to clean up as much marine litter as possible. Lost fishing nets drift through the water and get caught on wrecks or settle on the bottom, where they continue to harm fish and other marine creatures. The UN calls this “ghost fishing.” It occurs when “abandon…

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