About Us 

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THE GLOBAL GHOST GEAR INITIATIVE (GGGI) IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST CROSS-SECTORAL ALLIANCE COMMITTED TO DRIVING SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF LOST, ABANDONED AND OTHERWISE DISCARDED FISHING GEAR (ALDFG ASLO KNOWN AS “GHOST GEAR”) WORLDWIDE.

 
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THE GGGI HAS THREE KEY AIMS

  • TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF MARINE ECOSYSTEMS

  • TO SAFEGUARD HUMAN HEALTH AND LIVELIHOODS

  • TO PROTECT MARINE ANIMALS FROM HARM

Launching in September 2015 and founded on the best available science and technology, the GGGI is the first global collective impact alliance dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale. The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of its participants, including fishing industry, private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Every participant has a critical role to play to mitigate the effects of ghost gear locally, regionally and globally.

As part of our collective impact, we will continue to contribute to the objectives of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, which builds on the Honolulu Strategy and seeks to protect human health and the global environment by the reduction and management of marine litter.  We will also continue to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 14 (life below water).

The GGGI is now in its fourth operational year and has successfully grown into a global clearing house for information on ghost gear, informing relevant policy processes in both the public and private sector, and catalysing practical and replicable solutions for on-the-ground and in-the-water removal and prevention of ghost gear.

 
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STRATEGIC APPROACH

THE GGGI WORKS GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY ACROSS ITS THREE WORKING GROUPS TO:

  • BUILD EVIDENCE

  • DEFINE BEST PRACTICE AND INFORM POLICY

  • CATALYSE AND REPLICATE SOLUTIONS

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) is a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. It is an established platform under which the global community can unite to improve the health and productivity of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals from harm, and safeguard human health and livelihoods. The work of the GGGI is focused on ghost gear, but also directly impacts on the issue of marine plastics and micro plastics, and provides tools for effective action against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative has grown into a robust and well-established multi-stakeholder partnership. It is the only alliance of its kind working across the three Rs – Reduce, Remove, Recycle – to tackle the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear. We welcome the involvement of like-minded organisations to ensure the GGGI’s critical work continues to protect the world’s oceans, ocean economies, food security, and our marine animals and wildlife.