Global Ghost Gear Intitative

Young Phillipino girl on a bundle of net to be sent to Aquafil factory for yarn made into carpets. photo courtesy World Animal Protection.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is about worldwide collaboration and worldwide action

Please visit the Global Ghost Gear Initiative homepage to find out more – World animal Protection has made a short film which outlines the GGGI premise and showcases a handful of the excellent ghost gear reduction and removal projects being implemented, at the local level, globally. This film showcases the fantastic work of GhostNets Australia! We’re excited at the great potential for change that we can make, together, and hope that you’ll feel inspired too. If you register your interest WAP will be in touch with more details soon.

To find a lasting solution to this problem, GNA has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative. This is an alliance of governments, industry, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, with a shared commitment to tackle the problem of ghost fishing gear.

Members will decide its exact design, but its functional elements will likely include:

  • An online data hub – to record and analyse ghost gear volumes, geography and trends in order to more accurately describe and quantify the problem. Data could be used to underpin and direct urgent mitigation responses in identified ‘hotspots’, and allow monitoring of solution project impacts against baselines.
  • A virtual communication platform – to facilitate sharing of intelligence and challenges and to showcase existing effective solutions in policy and practice. The platform would represent and empower a global virtual community of people and organisations committed to tackling ghost fishing gear. It would act as a global repository of information to inspire and enable the growth of solutions.
  • Steering group – to oversee development, evaluate progress and agree priorities for future action. The initiative could benefit from biennial meetings to evaluate progress towards shared goals, and to agree recommended priorities for future action by partners. By uniting global efforts to tackle ghost fishing gear, and underlining our shared responsibility to redouble these efforts, we will ensure that ghost gear does not pose an ever-growing threat to our oceans or the animals that live in them.