Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) launched Monday a best practice framework on the management of fishing gear for an industry-wide consultation. Each year an estimated 640,000 tons of fishing gear is lost or abandoned in oceans, estuaries, and bays.
The framework provides steps to decrease the abundance and effects of ghost gear on marine life. The organization developed this with more than 40 GGGI participants.
“Ghost gear is a very real impediment to sustainable seafood," said Guy Dean, VP of Albion Fisheries Ltd., a GGGI participant. "Until now, a comprehensive approach to combating ghost gear with recommendations for all fishery stakeholders was lacking."
GGGI plans to adopt the framework later this year.