Illegal Net Removal – 2nd for Dec 2013

The Downbelow team along with our GoPro interns successfully removed another MONSTER net from the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park today & this is our second removal this month. You can read about our first removal this month here.

The huge disastrous net smothered Suliman reef on the south side of Sapi Island which took our team three dives to remove.

Just like the usual story the net was discarded by fishermen when snagged on the delicate corals & unable to retrieve it they let it drop to smoother the reef below.

Net fishing is illegal within the park but some unscrupulous fishermen will still try to gain a quick & easy yield by floating gill nets close to the productive reef. This however will occasionally go wrong & their net is lost but then the story continues below the waves.

The cycle of death is endless with corals choking unable to feed, fish continuously caught becoming bait for other marine predators which as they feed become entangled themselves & sadly so on it goes!

Whenever Downbelow Marine & Wildlife discover “ghost nets” we act by reporting the incident to the local authorities & then going the extra mile to remove them altogether with our experienced pro team asap with all of the costs covered by DB. To date we have removed more than 100 from our local area!

Big thanks to everyone for joining in the battle proving that together we can make a difference.

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