This Comment examines the extent of the problem of derelict fishing nets. Derelict netting kills shocking numbers of marine life, including species protected by federal laws. International and domestic laws could be used to redress the problem. Laws as currently enforced each have shortcomings, however, and share common difficulties. To solve the problem these shortcomings create, a comprehensive derelict net control system must be instituted. This program should include a method of tracking nets so that liability for loss can be assessed, and incentive systems to decrease both intentional and unintentional loss of netting. Failure to institute derelict net controls will result in the deaths of many thousands of marine mammals, birds, crustaceans, and fish.
Eric J. Fjelstad,
The Ghosts of Fishing Nets Past: A Proposal for Regulating Derelict Synthetic Fishing Nets,
63 Wash. L. Rev.
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