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There are ghosts in the ocean – silent killers carried by currents, wrapping themselves around reefs and claiming the lives of millions of marine creatures, from sponges and tiny crustaceans to dolphins, sharks and whales.An estimated 10 percent of all marine litter in the world's oceans and seas, or some 640,000 tons, is made up of lost or abandoned fishing gear, according to a 2009 report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the U.N. Environment Program, while the deaths they cause contribute to the decline of fish stocks.It took six divers about half an hour and four lift bags – inverted bags that can be filled with air from divers' tanks – to dislodge the net and bring it to the surface. Weighing an estimated 400 kilograms and originating from a nearby fish farm, there was no telling how long the ghost net had been there. Healthy Seas was organizing a ghost net cleanup operation along with divers off the Greek island of Santorini Friday, which was World Oceans Day.Lost nets can also be a financial nightmare for those who make their living from the sea.Healthy seas, he added, are in the best interests of fishermen too.
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