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Ghost fishing is a term that describes what happens when derelict fishing gear ‘continues to fish’

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Take action now!

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 we can do something about it by cleaning up!

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Get involved

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 alreay taken action or are you considering it? Join us!

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Healthy Seas initiative

Recycling of salvaged fishing gear is part of our global mission. Of course we can’t do this without the help of other organizations. Aquafil, the ECNC Group and Star Sock have together established the ‘Healthy Seas initiative.


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Global Diving Conference 2014

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Project Baseline: Report lost fishing gear

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Global Ghost Gear Initiative has been launched

GGGI Launch 2014 © Alex Mustard

November 13-14, 2014, Ghost Fishing attended the inaugural round table…

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„Derelict fishing gear, sometimes referred to as "ghost gear," is any discarded, lost, or abandoned, fishing gear in the environment. This gear continues to fish and trap animals, entangle and potentially kill marine life, smother habitat, and act as a hazard to navigation. Derelict fishing gear, such as nets or traps and pots, is one of the main types of debris impacting the marine environment today.“

National ocean service, NOAA