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.

Consultation for the Best Practice Framework is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated - your feedback is extremely valuable! The final version of the Best Practice Framework document will be presented in early September, 2017. 

Please contact Lynn Kavanagh for further info:




The Best Practice Framework


Summary documents and fact sheets