The Olive Ridley Project — Indian Ocean (2015)
The Olive Ridley Project (ORP) used its 2015 SWOT grant to tackle the problem of sea turtle entanglement in ghost nets (lost, discarded, or abandoned fishing gear) in the Indian Ocean. ORP to trained volunteers to remove ghost gear and to record important information about the gear and the animals entangled in it. By promoting the recycling of end-of-life fishing equipment, the SWOT grant also helped ORP to continue its efforts to reduce the amount of derelict fishing gear that ends up in the ocean. In the past two years, ORP volunteers have rescued 174 sea turtles and removed 350 ghost nets.