The silent menace of ghost fishing, caused by abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), is a persistent challenge faced by marine ecosystems across the globe. The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) was established to tackle this issue head-on. Since its inception, the GGGI has celebrated numerous successes, showcasing a resolute commitment to making the […]
Ghost fishing, a silent threat to marine ecosystems, knows no boundaries. Ocean currents can carry lost or abandoned fishing gear across vast distances, making it a global issue. For example, approximately 95% of nets that wash ashore in Australia are believed to originate from other countries, highlighting the transboundary nature of the problem. As these […]
Norway has gained recognition for its commitment to sustainable fisheries management and environmental conservation. One notable initiative undertaken by the Norwegian government is the annual fishing gear recovery program. This program aims to combat ghost fishing by actively retrieving lost or abandoned fishing gear from Norwegian waters. In this article, we delve into the key […]
Earlier this month we went to the skipper expo in Aberdeen. It was a valuable experience, and gave us an opportunity to hear from the locals. Ghost fishing is a growing concern in Scotland’s marine environment. This phenomenon occurs when abandoned or lost fishing gear, such as nets and lines, continue to fish and entangle […]
As well as the major financial loss for a skipper to lose his gear and catch, due to storms or being dragged away by another vessel, the environmental impacts of lost gear acting as ‘ghost fishing’ or seabed thrash has for many years been highlighted for the huge damage to fish stocks that it can cause.
The international fishing industry is set to welcome a new product on the market that will bring an end to both the financial and environmental impacts for fishermen who lose their pots, gill nets and even trawls.