The ghost fishing gear crisis

‘Ghost gear’ – lost, abandoned or discarded fishing equipment - is one of the biggest threats to marine animals in our oceans. 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 whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, turtles and other sea animals each year.

Through our Sea Change campaign, we’re working to save one million animals from the threat of ghost gear by 2018.

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640,000 tons of ghost gear is lost or discarded in our oceans each year.
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More than 136,000 sea animals are trapped by ghost gear.
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125 tons of fish caught = about 1 ton of gear discarded.

Creating solutions

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.

Find out more about the work we're doing to protect sea life >

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