They're the zombies of the deep. Un-dead nets that keep fishing even after they're lost by people and presumed dead. They're bad, they're deadly, and they're everywhere.
Fishing gear is designed to catch fish, and it keeps working even if lost at sea. How bad is the problem? Pretty bad, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Group.
In some fisheries, 25% to 50% of fishing gear can be lost each year. That equals a lot of zombie fishing gear.
It's the real life ocean zombie plague, yikes.