‘Ghost gear’ – lost or abandoned fishing equipment - is one of the biggest threats to marine animals in our oceans. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year – more than one tonne every minute!
Ghost gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills more than 136,000 whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles birds each year.
Through our Sea Change campaign, we’re working to reduce the huge suffering caused by ghost gear.
By bringing together governments, businesses and fishing organizations, we can protect sea life and move towards a future free from the ghost fishing gear threat.
We’re working to protect animals from ghost fishing gear by:
Bringing together partners to stop gear being abandoned.
Supporting new ways to remove ghost gear from the seas.
Helping to replicate successful local sea animal rescue efforts on a global scale.
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative
Set up by us in 2015, the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is an alliance of non-government organizations, academics and fishing industry leaders that aims to reduce the amount of ghost gear in the oceans.
It’s hard to think about the thousands of animals - whales, dolphins, turtles and birds - that get caught and die in lost and discarded fishing gear, or ghost gear, every year. That’s one of the reasons that Joel Baziuk, Operations Supervisor at Steveston Harbour Authority in British Columbia, began the net recycling program with partners Aquafil and Interface Inc. to turn old nets into carpet tiles and other products. Learn more about Joel's net recycling program.