Getting involved is what we are about, we need as many initiatives as possible, that is the only way we can get things done.
Start your own initiative
Get your friends together, organize local clean-ups and have fun doing things together. You don’t have to immediately start hauling large nets out of the ocean, just start by removing debris from your local dive site and expand from there. Do not go beyond your capabilities and keep things safe. Run your initiative under your own team, we will recognize you as an affiliated initiative on our website and help you raise awareness after we have had contact and explained our requirements.
Lift large nets
If you have to ask this question it is probably wise to wait before you attempt this and get some training first. Most of our volunteers have hundreds of hours of diving experience and are technically trained. Undertaking this really requires proficiency in using lift bags, knives and teamwork. Besides that the best method to lift a net depends on local circumstances like currents, tides, waves, types of net. Basically too many variables to simply sum up in a simple how to.
Frequently asked questions
How do I join ?
Joining Ghost Fishing is not necessary, what we would like you to do is start your own initiative or maybe we can help you with it.
What training do I need?
That all depends of what you want to achieve. For cleaning up local dive sites you can start at open water level. Most divers that salvage large nest at sea are technically trained divers with loads of experience. There is a large grey area in between. Most divers are able to participate in one way or another. Interested in dive training that incorporates a stable platform and teamwork, see the Global Underwater Explorers website.
I have pictures about Ghost Fishing, can I send them to you ?
Yes of course, please leave a request through our contact page. Or contact us via Facebook. Make sure you include a written report explaining what we see and where it took place.
I am already working with a group of volunteers, can we work together?
Yes you can ! Contact us explaining what you are doing and where. Give us your contact details and we will be in touch. We can use Skype, messenger or any other means of (free) communication that works for us both.
Do you take donations ?
Yes we do! As a non profit organisation, Ghost Fishing relies heavily on donations, please check out our donation page.
Can you help us financially ?
No, for now we cannot as we are a volunteer based non profit organisation. We too rely on donations and sponsorships.
Can we sponsor you ?
Lets discuss that. Contact us through our contact page or contact us via Facebook. We do need funds, but we also value our independence so any offer has to go through the board. .
On our Facebook page you can find a couple of documents that may contain answers to other questions you might have. Click here to go to notes.
How do I identify derelict fishing gear ?
Every body of water and every target catch has its specific fishing equipment. It mostly comes down to common sense. As a thumb of rule you can say that most fishing equipment on the bottom that is still active has a means of retrieval in place like a stick, a line with buoy or is connected to other equipment in a string. If that means of retrieval is absent chances are that it’s not actively used or lost. Also the equipment should be fairly clean, growth of algae is a sign that it has been there for a while. Active fishing equipment gets checked quite often.
To make sure you could have a talk with local fishermen and have them explain how they work. Have them show you their equipment and talk to them about their procedures. Explain what you are doing and why you are asking.