Introduction

Team briefing: Scapa Flow project 2015

Team briefing: Scapa Flow project 2015

Divers are all too familiar with the ‘ghost fishing‘ phenomenon, especially in well-fished areas. As founders of the Ghost Fishing Foundation we were confronted with ghost gear while diving the many wrecks in the Dutch North Sea. In 2009 we were part of a local team of divers who started to clean those wrecks. After some years of local efforts it was time to broaden the horizon and get in touch with like-minded groups all over the world. And so the Ghost Fishing Foundation was born.

On board net inspection

On board net inspection

Since our start, the Ghost Fishing Foundation has been collaborating worldwide with various local groups of technical divers and salvage companies to remove lost fishing gear. With projects in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Malta, Greece, United Kingdom and United States 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 a website that offers extensive information and possibilities for interaction.

Ghost Fishing recently launched unique collaborations with several well know organizations like the Healthy Seas Initiative, World Animal Protection and Greenpeace and they are part of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI). The GGGI aims to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals, and safeguard human health and livelihoods. GGGI is launched in September 2015 and is the first initiative dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost gear at a global scale. The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of its participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

ANBI Ghost Fishing is ANBI approved. Gifts are tax deductible in The Netherlands