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Derelict Fishing Gear a Huge Contributor to Marine Debris
Earlier this year, fishermen involved in an ocean debris clean-up used grappling hooks to drag along the sea floor between Provincetown Harbor and Race Point. Over the course of three days, the operation hauled up 12 tons of stuff - hundreds of fishing traps and pounds upon pounds of netting.

The derelict gear, as its called, sometimes continues to catch fish, leaving them to die or drown. It also gets caught up in active fishing gear, causing all sorts of problems for the fishermen.

Laura Ludwig is a program coordinator with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, who helped coordinate the clean-up, something she's done before in Maine. The center has an interest in the marine debris because of whale entanglements. But another area of interest is plastics. Almost every item used in the fishing industry is made of plastic.

 
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