The Olive Ridley Project is actively fighting ghost nets in Pakistann through removal, education and awareness raising with the local community of fishers.
Fathoms Free is a Cornwall-based volunteer community group that focuses on marine conservation and recycling. What started 2.5 years ago as one man inspiring a handful of friends to clean up a barely accessible cove in Cornwall has grown to be a wide spread network of dedicated volunteers engaging in underwater clean-up dives, beach cleans, data collection, recycling and promoting awareness of marine conservation issues. Oh, and release baby lobsters in the sea!
Working in collaboration with other GGGI participants the project bridges the gap between working groups, ensuring that our solutions work is intrinsically tied to both Best Practice and Building Evidence. For instance, Cornwall Seal Group is hoping to play a vital role in data collection.
GGGI are delighted to endorse this solution project. The project went through a rigorous approval process; first through the cross-working group Project Review Board, and then onto the GGGI Steering Group for final sign off. The top line aims of the project are the following:
- To gather and analyse ghost gear related data in the South West of England;
- To remove ghost gear from the marine environment by means of retrieval dives and beach clean ups;
- To raise awareness of the negative impact of ghost gear among the local fishing industry, other stakeholders and the public;
- To work with partners within the fishing industry and other stakeholders to create a long term sustainable model to prevent ghost gear entering the marine environment and to aid in its removal;
- To find innovative and sustainable solutions to recycle the end of life fishing gear