Companies Join Forces to Recycle Ghost Nets

(AP) HONOLULU -  Eleven companies and government agencies have come together to launch a new program to turn derelict fishing and cargo nets into electrical energy.

The Western Pacific Regional Management Council says fishermen will continue to retrieve the co-called ghost nets from the sea and transport them to Honolulu Harbor.

But instead of winding up in a city landfill, the nets will be chopped up and taken to the city's H-Power facility, where they will be burned to produce electricity.

Funding for the project was secured through the efforts of Senator Daniel Inouye.

The island Democrat says marine debris haunts the ocean, entangling and killing fish, marine mammals and seabirds.

Tons of ocean debris are removed by island fishermen each year.

State officials say one ton of derelict nets can generate enough electricity to power an Oahu household for five months.