Top image: A loggerhead turtle trapped in an abandoned drifting net. Ghost gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills more than 136,000 turtles and other marine mammals each year. (Credit: Jordi Chias / naturepl.com)

The global ghost gear crisis

Ghost gear (aka 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 (UNEP), a staggering 640,000 tons of ghost gear is left in our oceans each year – more than one ton every minute!

Ghost gear is harming marine animals and contributing to our ocean’s plastic problem. In our report 'Ghosts beneath the waves' we found that:

  • since 2012, the number of species affected by marine debris has increased by over 23%
  • more than half of the ocean’s macroplastics measured by weight is fishing related (view infographic)
  • ghost gear contributes to an estimated 5 to 30% decline in some fish stock levels
  • as many as 92% of encounters between marine animals and debris, including ghost gear, involves plastic debris
  • almost half of all threatened species are impacted by ghost gear

80% of the largest seafood companies do not yet have an effective way of dealing with ghost gear and that’s why we’re asking them to do more to address this problem.

The fishing industry is responsible for creating ghost gear and they have a responsibility to be part of the solution. Sign our petition and help us move seafood companies to address ghost gear in their supply chains and do more to protect ocean animals.

Please join us and send a clear message to seafood companies that Canadians want to see them do more to protect marine animals.

Sign our petition

The world's largest seafood companies have the power to protect our precious ocean life from getting caught and dying in ghost gear. Sign our petition and help us convince these seafood companies to address ghost gear in their supply chains and do more to protect marine animals.

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