Two days ago over the spring tide and the ‘black moon’ the Indian Ocean deposited a huge amount of waste in the form of old ropes, strings and fishing nets in front of The Sands at Nomad. It was literally TONS of plastics, nylons and micro-plastics.
Fishing equipment like this is often discarded into the oceans by fishing vessels once it can no longer be used, these piles of old nets and ropes then become ‘ghost nets’ floating around the oceans on currents in cycles of drowning and discarding marine life. Unlike most, these piles of toxic (plastic) human waste made it to the shore to be thrown back onto the land by the waves.
It is hard to say how long these nets have been in the Ocean or where they came from but we can be sure that they will never be there again.
Over the past day the waste piles were scavenged for useful ropes and strings which could be re-used, after this the remaining tons of trash were picked up, carried and dragged away from the water and the beach to a location near The Sands recycling centre where it can be stored and used in future recycling and awareness art works… Like this addition to the Recycled Jellyfish family, made from Recycled plastic bottles and some of the fishing ropes and nets we collected yesterday.
To see this and other recycled arts from The Sand’s Green Team visit the Diani Sea Turtle Festival tomorrow or check out the Sustainability information area at the Riva’s pool Bar at The Sands at Nomad.
The Sands, Thinking Green and Blue