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http://usresponserestoration.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/how-ghost-fishing-is-haunting-our-ocean/ How Ghost Fishing Is Haunting Our Ocean October 30, 2014 by Office of Response and Restoration No, ghost fishing has nothing to do with ghostbusters flicking fishing rods from a boat. But what is ghost fishing? It?s a not-at-all-supernatural phenomenon that occurs when lost or discarded fishing gear remains in the ocean and continues doing what it was made to do: catch fish. These nets and traps haunt the many types of marine life unlucky enough to become snared in them. That includes species of turtles, fish, sharks, lobsters, crabs, seabirds, and marine mammals. Fortunately, the NOAA Marine Debris Program isn?t scared off by a few fishing nets that haven?t moved on from the underwater world. For example, through the Fishing for Energy partnership, NOAA is funding projects to study and test ways to keep fishers from losing their gear in the first place and lower the impacts lost gear has on marine life and their homes.