Ever heard of ghost fishing nets? We found out the hard way just before the start of the Cascais Vela.
While sailing to the race course in “Cascais Vela 2020” regatta, Racing for the Planet became entangled in an abandoned fishing net.
Dumped fishing gear is one of the biggest plastic polluters in the ocean and as much as 640 000 tonnes of commercial fishing gear is discarded in the ocean each year. Ghost fishing nets pose a threat to wildlife for decades, ensnaring wildlife large and small.
For us the abandoned net was an inconvenience, but for marine wildlife it is a inescapable death trap. The recovered section of fishing net was brought to shore where it was disposed of responsibly.