In an article in the Guardian this week.Greenpeace calls for global action over nets, lines and traps that are deadly for marine life .
“The world’s governments must take action to protect our global oceans, and hold the under-regulated fishing industry to account for its dangerous waste. This should start with a strong global ocean treaty being agreed at the United Nations next year.” Greenpeace, 2019
This is aptly timed, as I find myself in Indonesia on an Asialink Arts Residencry with Annabel Amagula and Maicie Lalara from Anindilyakwa Arts on Groote Eylandt with Kominatas Salihara, an International multidisciplinary arts center in Indonesia.
Before leaving for Indonesia Maicie Lalara finished weaving a large ‘monster fish’ from a ghost net retrieved from the sea near Groote Eylandt by the ferry driver.
This net was nicknamed a ‘Monster Net’ by the Northern Territory News.
Rangers believe the net may have come all the way from South-East Asia. The Fish, titled, Yilkwa, is covered in marine debris, including lighters and bottle tops, recently collected by a beach cleanup facilitated by the Anindilyakwa Land and Sea Rangers this month. Over 100 people from the Groote Eylandt Community worked together to collect over 2000 plastic bottle tops, 604 plastic cigarette lighters, 511 thongs, 130 tooth brushes and 1295 plastic bottles.
As artists in residence we are working to make new ghost net into artworks, including sculptural animals, to weave the story of the impact that these nets, that often come from Indonesia, has upon their coastal community and marine life.
Annabel Amagula says-“ We are making crabs, turtles , fish baskets. My granddaughter is making that mini monster fish, that’s why its impotant we share our story and culture with Indonesian People”
Anindilyakwa Arts is proudly funded by the Anindilyakwa Land Council. The Art Residency is kindly supported by Melbourne University and Arts NT.