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Salt Gypsy and the Olive Ridley Project

by Emma February 26, 2014 3 comments

Many of you have seen my Turtle Nesting photography; the Olive Ridley turtles I photographed are a species in grave danger imposed by the one and only human race.

A wonderful human and fellow surfer Danielle at Salt Gypsy talks the real deal about the oceans and what we can do to protect the animals thriving below. It is of the utmost importance that we take care of our oceans. Take note all surfers, bodyboarders, paddlers, waddlers, bathers and loungers: especially those who are traveling the Indian Ocean’s waters.

“To travel and surf in tropical destinations is a massive privilege, and with this privilege comes responsibility. While we all want to ride those perfect glassy waves, sip cheap beer and marvel at all the beautiful sights and sounds, it is important to be aware of the reality that is playing out in the oceans we visit.

Unfortunately, it is now common to find environmental degradation in amongst the beautiful scenery of many tropical places, and the Maldives are no exception. This is a story about ghost nets, and an important project which is working to combat this problem.

Common in the Indian Ocean (and increasingly all over the world), ghost nets are fishing nets that have been discarded, abandoned or lost at sea. Often these nets are taken by oceanic currents and drift vast distances, inflicting major damage to wildlife and reef systems along the way. A net that is no longer maintained will of course continue to do what nets do, so it becomes the bane of many marine organisms, a clogger of reefs and an extra cost to local fisherman whose propellers and other equipment can become tangled and broken on contact.

In response to this problem, the Olive Ridley Project was set up by Maldives-based marine biologists, Martin Stelfox and David Balson. ” Read more over at Salt Gypsy… 

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Martin February 27, 2014 at 6:16 am

Thanks for the coverage i hope we can work together to confront the problems associated with ghost nets

Come visit us at https://www.facebook.com/OliveRidleyProject

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Emma February 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

No worries Martin, thank you for the desire to help our beloved turtles. I hope to write more and see more of you guys in the future.

Cheers.

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Turtle Nesting | Global Frolic February 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

[…] creatures and would like to help prevent their (human-fueled) demise. Please check out the Olive Ridley Project, an incredible effort to document and collect unmanned fishing nets in the Indian Ocean. These nets […]

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