Glass floats,glass fishing floats, orJapanese glass fishing floatsare popular collectors' items. They were once used byfishermenin many parts of the world to keep theirfishing nets, as well aslonglinesordroplinesafloat.
Large groups of fishnets strung together, sometimes 50 miles (80 km) long, were set adrift in the ocean and supported near the surface by hollow glass balls or cylinders containing air to give them buoyancy. These glass floats are no longer used by fishermen, but many of them are still afloat in the world's oceans, primarily thePacific. They have become a popular collectors' item forbeachcombersand decorators. Replicas are now manufactured.