Ghost gear refers to any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded; also referred to as ‘derelict fishing gear’ and/or ‘fishing litter’.

To combat ghost gear the Best Practices and Inform Policies working group, in conjunction with Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd, developed the Best Practice Framework for the Management of Fishing Gear, or BPF for short.

The BPF provides all fishery stakeholders, from fishermen to port operators, with practical guidance to decrease the abundance and effects of ghost gear within their respective industries. This survey seeks to gather feedback on the BPF, its recommendations, feasibility, strengths, and weaknesses.

Your feedback on the BPF is valuable to us and appreciated. It is important for us that this framework is as practical and suitable as possible for the seafood industry and other stakeholders with a vested industry in fisheries and the ocean environment.

Your feedback will help us to make final revisions to the BPF before it is ratified and formally launched at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in June.

As a thank you for your participation, we're giving away a free $100 Amazon gift card to a random participant. If you wish to be included in the drawing, please enter your contact details during the survey.

We are also holding several webinars to enable feedback and input through discussion of focal areas.

Next set of scheduled webinars:

  • Thursday, May 25 @ 8a - 9a PST
  • Tuesday, May 30 @ 10a - 11a PST
  • Tuesday, May 30 @ 12p - 1p PST

Please contact Angelina Skowronski for further info:




The Best Practice Framework


Summary documents and fact sheets