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The Ghost Nets Programme is a complex one as the issue requires a multiple facetted approach in order to strive towards an end to the problem. The work is divided into themes (the 6 Rs) and projects within those themes, which can be accessed from the drop down menu. This page shows a description of the theme, the title and first paragraph of each project. For more information, or the complete story, click on more.
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Researching

The CGNP is collaborating with CSIRO to further our knowledge of: the impacts of ghostnets on marine life; the distribution and abundance of ghostnets across northern Australia; the source of the problem and the movement of the nets in time and space.

Recycling or re-using Ghost Nets

Due to the remoteness and distance from recyling factories of northern Australia the disposal of the ghost nets has proven to be a very difficult proposition . Instead of burying or burning the nets re-using them is a lot more practical and fun.

Ghost Nets To Bags

2007-07-26

-Voices of the people who came to the workshop -
We are the Kiriri Arts and Craft Group. We’ve just completed a five-day workshop with Chantal Cordey and Miggs Bodie, making bags from ghost nets as part of the Carpentaria Ghost Nets Project.

Chantal won the Design for a Sea Ch...

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Winner Shares Skills

2007-06-18

Yolngu women from Yirrkala worked with last year’s Design for a Sea Change competition winner to share their skills in weaving. The Carpentaria Ghost Nets Programme hosted the Design for a Sea Change competition last year which received some wonderful and inventive ideas for reusing ghost nets inclu...

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Engineering Competition Winner - Chantal Cordey, Sydney

2006-08-14

The Carpentaria Ghost Nets Programme hosted the Design for a Sea Change Competition. Participants were requested to design a product reusing ghost nets that Indigenous Communities around the Gulf of Carpentaria can manufacture and sell through Indigenous enterprise.

The competition w...

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Churchill Fellowship for Ghost Buster

2007-07-04

2007-07-04

As the Project Facilitator for the Carpentaria Ghost Net Programme for just on 2 years now it became evident to me that there was a need to address a couple of major concerns regarding Ghost Nets in Australia. Those concerns for me were,
• What do we do with the net...

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Recording Information

The project officers also deliver skills and training in ghost net data collection, planning, report writing, navigation, basic computer skills and the use of the electronic monitoring tools such as GPS in order to collect accurate information that can be analysed and reported on.

GIS Training in Gulf Communities

2005-10-05

Rangers from Torres Straits (pictured), Borroloola, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala & Groote Island (NT) all recently completed a training course for community GIS & mapping.

The Ghost Net Programme is helping rangers in 10 communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria tackle the huge problem of ghost...

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Wildlife Rescue

wildlife Rescue patrols are dedicated patrols during the crisis months, when winds, tides, breeding and foraging patterns combine to create wildlife stranding events. in a very few communities the injured animals have the benefit of pre-release health checks to determine if they need further veteri

Ghost Net Removal

CGNP Project Officers work directly with each ranger group, developing annual work plans that detail on-ground activities such as the where, when, how ghost nets will be removed, what resources are needed and how the work can fit in with the other projects they are doing.

6 Vehicles Help Rangers Remove Ghostnets

2007-06-14

Carpentaria Ghost Nets Programme Co-ordinator, Riki Gunn (pictured here with John Bethel, President of Northern Gulf Resource Management Group & Stuart Menzies) was delighted to accept delivery of 3 of the 6 second-hand 4WD Landcruisers purchased from Stuart Menzie of Townsville 4WD Centre. All six ...

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6 Tonne Taiwanese Gill Net Retrieved

2006-11-13

A six-tonne bundle of net was brought into the coast off North East Arnhem Land on the 10th Nov 06. This was a fantastic example of teamwork between the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Customs, NT Parks & Wildlife, Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation & Carpentaria Ghost...

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Yirralka & Dhimurru Rangers Cleanup Report 2005

2005-09-14

Yirralka Laynha Rangers with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) recently completed a cleanup of ghost nets and marine debris along the coast around Garrthalala. The Dhimurru Rangers also with CVA recently completed a cleanup south of Caves Beach (Lurrpukurru). The cleanups are part of the Carpe...

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Raising Awareness

The CGNP is active in raising awareness of the problem. We do it through: Involvement in international fora; art exhibitions; media and working with partners, from the local to the international, on projects that range from educational activities with school kids to public art works.

ABC Documentary: Ghosts of the Gulf

2007-06-30

Don't miss this terrific documentary about ghost nets filmed late last & early this year. It will be aired on the ABC television show "Message Stick" on 6th August at 6pm EST.

This film showcases the great work done by Indigenous rangers attached to the Ghost Net Programme & was co...

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Ghosts Arrive With the Tides

2009-05-11

Source: The Sun-Herald

Louise Southerden joins a marine clean-up expedition at the very top of the Top End with assistance of World Expeditions and Tourism Northern Territory..

Walking over the dunes between our camp and the sea, our group of nine volunteers, accompani...

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Banksia Award Category Winner 2007

2007-07-31

The Carpentaria Ghost Nets Programme is proud that for the second year in a row we have won the Banksia Awards. The Category is the new Indigenous one, Caring for Country, which recognises the important work that the rangers are doing on country.

Last year the Carpentaria Ghost Nets ...

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Banksia Awards Category Winner 2006

2006-07-22

We are proud to announce that we have succeeded in winning the 2006 Banksia Environmental Awards in the Water Category.

Since their inception in 1989, the Banksia Environmental Awards have earned the reputation as the most prestigious environmental awards in Australia. The awards ack...

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Landcare Awards: Barcaldine 2005

2005-08-02

Acceptance speech for the Qld Landcare Awards (Coastal and Community).

This project is a culmination of 2 years background work, getting communities, especially Indigenous, Non-govt & govt agencies to all
1. Acknowledge that they are not the only ones with either a problem or ...

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Relaxing

Relaxing

Richard Barklay, Napranum Cape York having a well earned break doing some bird watching.