Volume 73

Addressing lost and abandoned fishing gear at global scale: An introduction to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative

Giskes, I.
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Date: November, 2020

Pages: 25-26

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy-Three Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Virtual

Country: Virtual


The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is the only cross-sectoral alliance dedicated to solving the problem of abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) – widely referred to as “ghost gear” – around the world. The GGGI brings together more than 100 stakeholder groups, including 15 national governments as well as representatives from civil society, the private sector, public agencies, academia, intergovernmental organizations, and others from across the fishing industry to tackle ghost gear at a global scale. Since its founding in 2015, the GGGI has worked to implement a wide variety of preventative, mitigative and curative approaches to ghost gear, shaping fisheries management policy and building the evidence base around the prevalence and impact of this threat. In 2017, the GGGI developed the Best Practice Framework for the Management of Fishing Gear, which has been adopted by a range of seafood companies and in national and regional marine litter and fisheries management action plans. The GGGI has made meaningful change on the ground in fishing economies and communities, partnering with local fishers to remove ghost gear in places like the Gulf of Maine, Panama City, and Vanuatu. Currently the GGGI is working in the Caribbean region helping to incorporate best management practices to prevent gear loss into fisher insurance for hurricane events; trialing innovative fishing gear tracking technologies; performing “hotspot” mapping to locate areas with high levels of gear loss; and facilitating gear recovery where possible. The project will be expanded to additional Caribbean countries in 2020 and 2021 through collaboration with GCFI, and CRFM.

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