World Turtle News, 03/12/2019
Monster ghost net found in North Male in the Maldives
The North-East monsoon season in Maldives is peak season for ghost nets drifting into to Maldives, and along with them, entangled marine life. The team at One & Only Reethi Rah recently removed a monster ghost net in North Male Atoll, estimated to weigh between 200 and 300 kg.
The boat crew at One & Only Reethi Rah first spotted the moster ghost net near one of the resort’s common dive sites called ‘Madivaru Corner’. It was at approximately 3 m depth. First they searched through the net to ensure there was no marine life entangled. They then tried to remove it from the ocean, but the net was too large and heavy.
It eventually took 5 people to retrieve the ghost net, including Sea Turtle Biologist Laura Whiteley, One & Only Reethi Rah boat crew Abdulla Shajan, Mohamed Ababakuru, and Ibrahim Iuthsham, and volunteer Kasper Frederiksen. The net was even larger than first expected. The team tied a rope around the net and pulled it back to the resort by speed boat. Then they used a crane to move it out of the ocean.
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