Water Bird

Handwoven monofilament (fishing line), fish hook

Ghost gear is the term used for abandoned fishing equipment, including nets, ropes, lines, pots and hooks. Scientists estimate that over 640 000 tonnes of fishing paraphernalia is left adrift in the oceans worldwide each year, and it remains in our seas for up to 600 years, continuously and indiscriminately catching sea animals. Entanglement in ghost gear causes injury and death to a wide range of marine species, including whales, seals, dolphins, turtles, fish and birds. Hand woven from fishing line, Water bird weaves this tragic tale of sea life in the plastic age.

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by Aly de Groot