Sea Change: tackling ghost fishing gear

The Problem

  • Abandoned, lost and discarded nets, lines and traps known as ‘ghost gear’ are one of the biggest threats to our sea life.
  • A staggering 640,000 tonnes of gear is left in our oceans each year - trapping, injuring, mutilating and killing hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually.
  • The growing volume of ghost gear and lack of a global solution also puts a strain on the livelihoods of coastal communities and productivity of the fishing industry.

The Solution

  • So, through our Sea Change campaign, we’re aiming to save one million animals by 2018.
  • To protect marine life we’ve founded the Global Ghost Gear Initiative - a multi-stakeholder alliance to drive economically viable and sustainable solutions to the problem of ghost fishing gear.
  • And we’re providing assistance and training to rescue teams around the world to save entangled marine animals around the world.

What we’re doing

To protect marine animals like turtles, whales and dolphins we’re working to:

  • Bring together partners to stop gear being abandoned
  • Support new ways to remove ghost gear from the seas
  • Help to replicate successful local sea animal rescue efforts on a global scale.

Report ghost gear

Have you seen lost or abandoned fishing gear? 

The GGGI's Ghost Gear Reporter app is live on the Google Play and Apple App stores worldwide! Search for "Ghost Gear Reporter" and download the app for free today.