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 (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 across the globe and 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
  • 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.

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 now

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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