Ghost gear describes any fishing gear that has been abandoned or lost. These losses are usually caused by bad weather, underwater snags like hidden rocks or other gear, encounters with boats, or (extremely rarely) deliberate abandonment when there are no other options. Ghost gear is among the most dangerous kinds of marine pollution, and replacing lost gear represents a major expense for fishermen.
We are members of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), an international alliance of stakeholders collaborating to tackle this global problem. Working within this global framework, we collaborate with fish harvesters, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and local and regional governments to monitor ghost gear on the B.C. coast, with the goal of eliminating it entirely.
Megan Eadie leads this project. Please contact her for more information.