Learn more about ghost fishing and the negative impact of ALDFG

GhostNetWork – What are ghost nets?

Our science communication team used Wudimals wooden animals to create a short stop motion film explaining how fishing nets end up as so-called “ghost nets”, what ghost fishing is and why we have to do something about it!

Special thanks to Wudimals, proud supporters of GhostNetWork.

Olive Ridley Project  – Threats of ghost fishing

Threats of Ghost Fishing is a short animation highlighting the effects of ghost gear on sea turtles in the Indian Ocean. The animation was produced by the Olive Ridley Project in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and was funded by Global Blue. The Olive Ridley Project, founded in the Maldives in 2013, is an organisation that trains citizen scientists to actively remove ghost gear, detangle marine life (particularly turtles) and record standardised data. We are a small organisation working towards becoming a registered charity. 


FAO – Ghost fishing

Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), as it is known officially, is being recognized as a topic that we must tackle now for the sake of our marine environment and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on it. At least 640 000 tonnes of fishing gear is thought to be lost or abandoned in the oceans every year. FAO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimate that one tenth of all waste in the oceans is made up of this “ghost gear”.

Killing fish and other species, such as whales, dolphins, seals and turtles (some of which are endangered), is one of the many devastating impacts of ghost gear.

Other related videos

OCEANS around the world are being polluted by ‘ghost gear’ (fishing nets and tools) left behind by fishing vessels. These environmental pollutants float through the water, trapping and harming sea creatures. A program in Richmond B.C. repurposes these nautical hazards. Steveston Harbour tells us how.

Abandoned fishing nets, known as ghost nets, make up 10 per cent of all marine trash. Every year 640,00 tonnes (705,500 tons) of the nets enter the oceans, ensnaring wildlife and devastating marine ecosystems. Hong Kong diver Harry Chan has made it his life’s mission to fight ghost nets, and so far he and his team of volunteers have removed 60-70 tonnes of such debris from Hong Kong waters. “I have been tangled quite a few times,” Chan says, admitting that on a few occasions he almost got killed. “But some things, someone has to do it.”

The first marine recycling centre in Sweden!