The problem

The underwater world is beautiful, we as divers know that and we keep coming back for it again and again. But unfortunately there are a lot of problems under water, the pollution of the environments under water is very clear. Lost fishing nets, lines, hooks and weights are found by divers in large numbers on shipwrecks and reefs but also on the sandy seabed around.

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

The issue of “ghost fishing” was first brought to the attention of world at the 16th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries in April 1985. Following debate at COFI, the FAO Secretariat published an in-depth study of the problem.

Derelict fishing gear, sometimes referred to as “ghost gear” or “ghost nets” 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.

Debris in our oceans, seas and inland waters is very big, so big it will probably never disappear. But an old Dutch saying says: “many hands make light work” which simply means that together we can reduce the global problem by taking action and start initiatives across the world. We divers are on a global mission!