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Ghost nets as big as tennis courts found on beaches

Ghost nets as big as tennis courts found on beaches

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:28pm 13th March 2019. (Updated at 7:48am 14th March 2019)

Photo: Beach Guardian

Two giant ghost nets have been found washed up on beaches in north Cornwall.

The first was discovered at Porthcothan Bay near Padstow on Tuesday, at the height of Storm Gareth.

Campaigners at Beach Guardian say that when it was unrolled, it was the size of a tennis court!

The second, heavier net was found at the nearby Booby's Bay and measured a staggering 80ft!

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Two giant ghost nets have been found washed up on beaches in north Cornwall. Photo: Beach Guardian

"The net was rolled up when we found it and was over 50ft long. Untangled and unrolled it was the size of a tennis court.

"There was no way it was being carried or dragged through water and sand. As it was at the very end of the beach we only had a couple of hours of tide in which to work. Three hours later we'd done it.

"We are talking to Cornwall Council, UN Environment, the Environment Agency, our MPs (Scott Mann MP, Steve Double MP, Sarah Newton), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Ocean Recovery Project to name a few.

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The nets, the size of tennis courts, were found at Porthcothan and Booby's Bay after Storm Gareth. Photo: Beach Guardian

"The support we have had from our local Harbour Master and the local Fishing community is very much appreciated.

"Cornwall's fishing industry is the most sustainable it has ever been. We have huge commercial fishing vessels with massive nets and something needs to be done".

Beach Guardian

"Another huge net reported to us yesterday, this time at Booby's Bay, near Constantine Bay.

"We put a call out to our community and they came and we did it! Thanks to Rob & Michelle from Old Macdonald's Farm - Cornwall and everyone else who joined us. This was much heavier and longer than even Tuesday's one.

"You will see that the net had huge, thick, lengths of rope around it, each 20ft long attached to the net.

"We had to cut all these away by hand and then connected them all together to make a massive tow rope".

Beach Guardian

This net will now be collected by the Ocean Recovery Project to be made into recycled Kayaks.

Read more about Beach Guardian here or watch the ghost net discovered at Porthcothan below...

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