Each year, over 640,000 tons* of ‘ghost gear’ – lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear – is dumped in our oceans, turning them into death traps for sea animals. We're tackling this global crisis.
Sea Change campaign: tackling ghost fishing gear
The global ghost gear crisis
‘Ghost gear’ – lost, abandoned or discarded fishing equipment - is one of the biggest threats to marine animals in our oceans. According to the United Nations Environment Program, a staggering 640,000 tons of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year – more than one ton every minute!
Ghost gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills more than 136,000 seals, sea lions and small whales each year.
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 fishing gear being lost and abandoned;
- Supporting new ways to remove ghost gear from the seas;
- Assisting rescue teams to save entangled marine animals around the world.
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.