The sea of fishing nets and garbage

The film is about the Caspian and how thoughtlessly people pollute it, leaving no chance in surviving for its inhabitants – sturgeons and Caspian seals. The Caspian is literally tightened with fishing nets. About half of them with meshes of over 10 centimeters are intended for sturgeon fishing. The vast majority of nets with smaller meshes are made of synthetic monofilament fabric. Such fishing gears are very cheap, but they quickly become unusable, and fishermen leave them at sea. Exposed and abandoned fishing net is very dangerous to Caspian seals. Thousands seals entangled or injured with fishing gears die annually.

In the autumn of 2019, the filmmakers – researchers from the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology and the Eco Mangistau NGO – monitored the coast of the Tub-Karagan Peninsula, in the area of the General Dacha and the villages of Bautino, Fort Shevchenko and Kyzyl Ozen.

About 6.5 tons of sea trash and over 400 fishing nets were collected by participants in the expedition on the coast of 55 kilometers in length and 50-100 meters in width. In every tenth fishing net was a dead Caspian seal. The film also tells about other problems associated with the negative impact of garbage on the Caspian ecosystem.  Let us watch it!

(For subtitles in English, please, click CC button in the lower right corner of the frame).

The research was carried out as part of the Program for Conservation of the Caspian seal population, under support of Tengizchevroil LLP.

Photo by Mirgaliy Baimukonov, the Director of the Institute of Hydrobiology and Ecology (Irgely, Kazakhstan). Caspian seals, Kendirly, spring, 2017.



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