GGGI Member Project GHOST has been busy creating a guidance document to help prevent and reduce fishing gear lost while at sea. This "hands-on" manual is meant to be an operational guide for institutions, publice and private bodies, environmental organizations and fishers to find ways to help protect marine ecosystems through proper fishing gear management. It is recognized that fishing gear (either wild harvest gear, or aquaculture) can be lost at sea for a variety of reasons, including conflict with other gear, inclement weather conditions, etc.
After eight months of working closely with the Marine Management Organisation, consultations with several other organisations and trialling new systems, Fathoms Free are delighted to announce we have obtained the MMO licences required by law for the underwater retrieval of lost fishing gear in England. We are proud to be the first organisation to receive these licences, which cover 13 sites in the SW.
What happens when you bring together fishing gear technologists, recyclers, designers, artists and makers for a hands-on event about ghost gear? A lot of mess, a lively exchange of ideas and a good dose of creativity! The GGGI recently participated in the Circular Ocean ‘Net Hack Challenge’ in Reykjavik, Iceland, following on from the prototype in Farnham, UK, last year.
In a momentous announcement, seafood giant Thai Union and Greenpeace jointly announced a deal to make significant sustainability improvements to Thai Union’s supply chain. One of these provisions calls for a 50% drop in Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) in its supply chain by 2020, as well as doubling the amount of verifiable FAD-free fish in the global supply chain in that same window.
A new and extremely interesting report from Elizabeth Hogan & Amanda Warlick on pinniped entanglement from packing bands has just been released.