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  wild rescue: removing a drift net at Lazarus

Recently, a few marine researchers
noticed during a research dive, a drift net
off Lazarus island. With a few other volunteers, and on their own personal
time, they decided to take out
the net early this week.

It was hard work. Hard on the back
and hard on the heart.

It is heartbreaking to see all
the creatures that caught in the net.

These include fragile corals. The abrasion from movement of the nets injure/kill the polyps. And injured parts of corals get overgrown with algae/other organisms very fast (especially in Singapore waters where the rate of algal growth is very high).

The drift net also traps countless crabs, fishes and all manner of sea creatures.

More than 90% or more of these creatures will simply be thrown back dead into the sea; for the few that the drift-netters find marketable.

Drift netting is among the
most damaging ways to harvest the sea.
It is banned in many countries.

In Singapore, it is not uncommon to come across drift nets on many of our already fragile shores. Here are some
drift-netters on Kusu Island.
Crabs caught in the net were carefully released, a tricky job to do while avoiding angry pincers.

The crab is released into the water..

What can you do
about drift nets?

Learn about drift nets:
The internet has lots of information. You might want to start with the background provided on the UK Diving website

Share about drift nets:
Tell others what you know

Take action:
Remove drift nets when you see them. Even those left tangled on the shores can continue to kill creatures.

Speak up about drift nets:
Write about what you have seen and how you feel about drift nets.

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Photos by Debby,
with Tse-Lynn's camera,
processed by Jani
Posted by cleverbest Posted on 27/07/04 23:28
Wow...really a nice experience with the wildlife....

Posted by voyager Posted on 28/07/04 16:49
Ah..... An experience with a drift net is NOT NICE! Very heartbreaking when you get up close and personal with one. You see these animals that have struggled to get free, only to get themselves more trapped. You see crabs that have lost their claws in the fight to get free and yet remain trapped. You see corals, some of them broken up due to the weight of hte nets. During extreme low tides, you see fish trapped in them, dead or dying , exposed to air and left to rot once they are dead.

Posted by Ria Posted on 28/07/04 16:52
Must agree with voyager. I dread coming across a drift net. The sight of the suffering and death is really hard to take. If the animals trapped in one could scream people would NEVER use a drift net :-(

Posted by gobygirl Posted on 28/07/04 17:40
I must agree! And what more, it is a vicious cycle. Trapped and rotting animals attract other animals to come and feed on them and thus this endless stream of animals getting trapped! Very heart-wrenching!

More links...
Photos and details on Debby's Hantu Blog
And on habitatnews

Jen Lee did an article about this in the New Paper, which was moblogged.

More on how YOU can make a difference too...

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