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 A net that is no longer maintained will of course continue to do what nets do, so it becomes the bane of many marine organisms, a clogger of reefs and an extra cost to local fisherman whose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.