Tangled Seas - The Film
Our oceans are now facing a new challenge.
'Tangled Seas' aims to be a film that addresses and creates awareness about the problem of 'ghosts nets in as much detail as possible with as many perspectives that we can showcase.
Since you're here, you're already a part of this film/project in your own special way.
And your contribution will help us create awareness about this new issue in suffocating our seas.
What are Ghost Nets?
Ghost nets are commercial fishing nets that have been lost, abandoned, or discarded at sea.
Every year they are responsible for trapping and killing millions of marine animals including sharks, rays, bony fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, and birds.
Ghost nets drift with ocean currents for years or even decades. As they travel huge distances, they continue to catch and kill marine animals in a process called “ghost fishing”.
Entanglement in ghost nets can lead to exhaustion, suffocation, starvation, amputations of limbs, and, eventually, the death of a marine animal. Entangled fish often act as bait, attracting larger predators such as turtles, sharks, and dolphins, which may themselves become entangled.
Why should we care?
Young seals may – perhaps in play or out of curiosity – put their heads through rope or monofilament loops. These then become firmly fixed around their necks or bodies, slowly cutting into their flesh or bone as the animals grow.
Whales and turtles may swim through a section of ghost fishing line or net. This may initially become snagged around the mouth, flippers or (in the case of whales) fluke, and may be acute – causing an immediate and severe welfare problem such as asphyxiation through drowning – or chronic – where the welfare impacts may increase over time.
Many animals become chronically entangled in ghost fishing gear for months or even years, and suffer a range of problems causing pain and suffering (Moore et al., 2005). Tight ligatures or oral entanglement in nets or ropes can prevent animals from feeding to the point of starvation.
Rope and line ligatures can cause amputations and infected wounds that result in more suffering and further reduce the animal’s chances of survival. Similarly, the constriction caused by pieces of plastic net and line can become severe enough to sever arteries and limbs and to cause strangulation.
Plastic is so durable in the marine environment that when one entangled animal dies, the debris still has the potential to trap another.
A distressed and exhausted gray whale freed from a net fragment off California in 2012 was found to be towing 50 feet of net. This net held other sea life including a sea lion, three sharks and numerous fish, rays and crabs.
Who we are?
We are a group of highly driven, motivated, young and hardworking group of students, filmmakers, Science Graduates, Ph.D. students, photographers, divers, marine biologists, marketing professionals and everyone in between. We're lovers of the Earth and the sea and someone who cares about its beauty and the riches it has to offer even after the problems it faces today.
The current plastic problem, oil spills, ghost nets, melting glaciers, rising temperatures, accelerated extinction rates are a few among the many problems Our Earth and Our Oceans are facing. But we will not lose hope. We are optimistic about the future and we know that people like you and I still care and the first step to change is awareness, which we are trying to achieve with this film.
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Our Budget Breakdown -
Direction Team 50,000/-
Editorial Team 25,000/-
Camera Team 30,000/-
Sound Team 15,000/-
Travel & Misc 80,000/-
Even the smallest form of your donation and help is highly appreciated.
And it will go a long way in spreading the message
Bank : Bank Of Baroda
Account Number : 98110100010388
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Account Holder Name - Akansha Brijendra Tiwari
Branch Name - Bhandarkar Road