‘Ghostly’ killing of marine life must end - MP

MP Graham Allen backs campaigns to end the dumping of 'ghost' fishing gear which destroys marine life

MP Graham Allen backs campaigns to end the dumping of 'ghost' fishing gear which destroys marine life

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Bulwell MP Graham Allen will join a demonstration this week calling for the amount of fishing gear that is left discarded in the world’s oceans to be reduced.

Each year an estimated 640,000 tonnes of ‘ghost’ fishing gear is left in the oceans, including nets and hooks which present a clear danger to marine life.

World Animal Protection estimates that at least 136,000 seals, sea lions and large whales are killed each year plus an incalculable amount of turtles, small fish and birds.

Mr Allen, who is backing the Sea Change Campaign, said: “I feel this campaign is key to helping protect the innocent creatures that are being caught up in our negligence. This can easily be avoided by fishing crews taking their nets home and re-using them in the future.

“By doing this, our oceans would be a safer place for fish and marine life and reduce the needless killing of thousands of animals. I hope the Government listen to this campaign, by encouraging the fishing industry to keep the oceans clean, it would be a practical change that would go a long way in helping to keep our planet in good health.”