Otherwise known as ‘ghost gear’, ALDFG is the most harmful form of marine debris as it is designed to last a long time. Once lost, ghost gear can continue to catch fish targeted by fishers and it can entangle other aquatic species and damage marine and nearshore habitats. Each year, tens of thousands of traps and pots are lost or abandoned in the world’s ocean due to rough weather and strong currents or conflicts with other fishing vessels. Ghost gear is expensive to replace if lost and hazardous for fishers and marine communities to deal with.
In response to a need for information on this topic, GCFI has produced new fact sheets that seek to share pertinent information about ALDFG and to promote the adoption of best management practices for preventing and reducing the impact of ALDFG. These factsheets were designed by Deviate Design and developed in collaboration with the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) and Global Partnership on Marine Litter – Caribbean Node (Global Partnership on Marine Litter- Caribbean Node) through funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The factsheets are available in English, Spanish and French.
Factsheets available as one large poster or four small posters