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    Every dive, scuba divers are confronted with ‘ghost fishing’, a serious problem – not only for marine life, but also for divers, who can get entangled in abandoned fishing gear. But you can do something about it, check out your own area here and start/join a local initiative!  
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    Team Ghost Fishing is very interested in worldwide collaboration with other diving teams or organizations and like to start or participate in existing projects all over the world. Combining knowledge and power delivers the most successful projects!
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    The fishing gear we recover will be recycled as much as possible via the ECONYL ® Regeneration System. The main objective the Healthy Seas initiative is to remove waste, in particular fishing nets and other marine litter, from the seas for the purpose of recycling these into textile products.
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    The power of successful missions is in a strong base and smooth cooperations. We are therefore pleased with our loyal sponsors and partners who already support us for years. Thank you!
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    The purpose of this website is to collect and combine all underwater and ashore initiatives around the globe and show the problem to a worldwide audience. So: have you already taken action or are you considering it? Do not hesitate, contact us now!
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    This non-profit driven by technical divers initiates and promotes lost fishing gear removal initiatives worldwide and shows the problem to a wide audience. Need more info? Specific advice? Or interested in cooperation? Check out our mission statement here.

The problem

‘Ghost Fishing’ is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned. Nets, long lines, fish traps or any man made contraptions designed to catch fish or marine organisms are considered capable of ghost fishing when unattended, and without anyone profiting from the catches, they are affecting already depleted commercial fish stocks. Caught fish die and in turn attract scavengers which will get caught in that same net, thus creating a vicious circle.

Who we are

Since our start, the Ghost Fishing has been collaborating worldwide with various local groups of technical divers and salvage companies to remove lost fishing gear. With projects in several countries we work on existing projects, set up new ones and document these through visual media, informing a wide audience and raising social awareness. We exchanges solutions and best practices by maintaining a steady stream of information through social media, and our website.

Support us

Ghost Fishing is an official registered ANBI approved charity organization. Gifts are tax deductible in The Netherlands. We work exclusively with passionate volunteers and we are totally dependent on sponsors, donations and gifts.

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