The collaboration between Groote Holdings Aboriginal Corporation and the Anindilyakwa Land & Sea Rangers to successfully remove a 5 tonne foreign fishing net off the south coast of Groote Eylandt. Foreign nets, known as ghost nets are pushed into the Gulf of Carpentaria during the monsoon season. These discarded nets originate from domestic and foreign fishing operations and represent significant risks, not only a marine navigational hazard but also entangling and killing marine mega fauna such as endangered sea turtles, sharks and fish species. The nets also represent significant biosecurity risks, potentially harbouring invasive species of mussels and other aquatic species that could impact on Australia’s pristine marine ecosystems and commercial aquaculture industries.

A Groote success story, collaborating with Anindilyakwa Land & Sea Rangers. The project is part of Parks Australia’s Ghost Net Initiative with Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

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