Every year hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fishing nets are lost or discarded at sea. These so-called “ghost nets” litter the oceans, killing sea creatures (estimated at over 650,000 each year), polluting the marine environment and becoming entangled in coral reefs.
To highlight this issue, London’s JGM Gallery is showing Caught in the Net, an exhibition of striking sculptures of marine life made from recovered ghost nets. The works are a collaboration between Australian artists Lynnette Griffiths and Marion Gaemers and Erub Arts, a community of indigenous artists on the island of Erub, off north Queensland. The exhibition runs until August 17, with prices for the works ranging from £200 to £22,750. Ten per cent of proceeds will be donated to Blue Marine Foundation, which runs marine protection projects from Lyme Bay on the south coast to the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.