Ghost gear a growing threat

  • Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    Ghost gear like derelict nets, fishing line and rope can wrap around marine animals, like this humpback whales, and be dangerous or deadly to them.

  • Photo courtesy Surfrider Kauai

    Members of Surfrider Kauai cut a net from the sand.

KAPAA — There’s more haunting the humpback whale migration from Alaska to breeding grounds in Hawaii than shipwrecks — ghost gear also litters the 6,000-mile journey.