Silent Killers

Silent Killers from Christine Ren on Vimeo.

What if I told you that a single abandoned fishing net could last for up to 400 years in the ocean… killing and tangling marine life, and coral reefs? Fishing vessels abandoning or losing their nets, lines and other gear in the ocean causes major problems for marine life and ocean ecosystems. This derelict gear continues to fish for centuries in the sea.

They call them ghost nets, but I call them… silent killers.

As consumers, we have the ability to ensure the incentive for economic solutions related to ghost nets. Because here’s what works really well for this issue: net buyback programs. There are companies hard at work training and paying fisherman to reclaim lost gear, and then regenerating the nylon waste from ghost nets into new materials to create products – everything from swimwear to skateboards.

For this series, I’m asking you to commit to a 30 day challenge to use hashtag #SilentKillers, and spread the word through social media about businesses and initiatives that are helping to turn reclaimed ghost nets into sustainable products. Because together, we can champion ocean heroes. And become them ourselves.

Choose to share any or all of solution partners I’ve highlighted on Facebook as well as below:

  • Global Ghost Gear Initiative – explore ghost net solutions around the globe
  • Healthy Seas – comprehensive list of products supporting net buyback programs
  • ECONYL – pioneering processes to regenerate ghost net waste into fabric
    and textiles

    Art direction, modeling & editing: Christine Ren (
    Photography: Jose G. Cano (
    Hair & MUA: : Kungy Gay Cano
    Additional models: : Emma Porteus, Moana Mink
    BTS footage: Brad Watt
    Assistant: Caroline Trembath

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