what it is:
Enroll our ocean community to be on watch to mark, track and retrieve Ghost Nets with GPS trackers before they cause physical damage to our coastal ecosystem and wildlife (whales, dolphins, turtles). Ghost nets are also a navigational hazard to any vessel operating in the local waters.
- People on the water communicate coordinates by protocol - last seen location and description of the spotted ghost net.
- Responsible person must make a detailed description of the ghost net in order to identify and assess the need for specific equipment better enabling an efficient, safe and successful retrieval.
- If vessels are carrying a deployable GPS tracker provided by Love The Sea they can themselves mark a ghost net for later retrieval especially if the net is to large and unsafe to remove themselves upon first sighting
- Captain of vessel must communicate with coast guard or harbor master at first sighting of ghost net before any action is taken. Crew and vessel safety is paramount if deploying a tracker or attempting to retrieve a ghost net the vessel must approach from downwind. NO unnecessary risks should be taken if conditions and situation appear dangerous.
- Once a ghost net is marked, a LTS response team will likely have 24 to 48 hours to mobilize and retrieve the marked net before if drifts out of range or makes landfall.