Fishing litter or ‘ghost gear’ is used to describe nets, pots, lines and ropes that have been lost or discarded at sea. Gear loss happens for a number of reasons, from adverse weather to gear conflict.
Lost gear is expensive to replace, can continue to fish and cause problems for wildlife. Fish stocks are affected by ghost gear and it poses a safety hazard for vessels.
Fishermen everywhere are already part of the solution and are following the simple advice contained here to protect their fishing ground for the future.
Here you can find information for local fishing communities about ghost gear and helpful educational materials for distribution to raise awareness of preventative measures and best practice.