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A dead cormorant entangled in a ghost net in Cornwall, UK. (© Dave Peake / Marine Photobank)

Derelict fishing gear keeps doing what it was designed to do: catching and killing animals.

Every year, more than 136,000 whales, dolphins and seals and millions of fish, turtles and birds are caught in “ghost gear”—abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps that can take up to 600 years to decompose.  

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