GGGI at SeaWeb Seafood Summit

Global Ghost Gear Initiative participants will be at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Malta from 1-3 February to demonstrate how the seafood industry can play a critical part in solving the growing problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Industry leaders Young’s SeafoodSainsbury’s and Albion Fisheries are joining World Animal Protection for a panel discussion on how the GGGI is positioning ghost gear at the forefront of innovation. From sea to skateboards, from lost fishing nets to netting a profit the panel will showcase some of the tangible ways the GGGI is tackling one of the key responsibility and sustainability issues facing fisheries. Whether its divers bringing up derelict gear or swimwear made from salvaged nets, the panel will highlight how the GGGI is leading the way in driving practical solutions, and how industry can play a part. ‘The Nets Big Thing’ event will show how industry influencers, through the GGGI, can pioneer the way to protecting ecosystems, marine animals and human health and livelihoods.

Katherine George, GGGI Secretariat, said:

We are delighted to be joined by some of the most influential members of the seafood industry at our ‘Nets Big Thing’ event. Ghost gear is a largely hidden problem that poses a significant threat to those that depend on healthy and productive oceans. The GGGI offers a practical means of addressing this seafood sustainability issue and alongside Sainsbury’s, Young’s and Albion Fisheries we will highlight how the seafood industry can lead the way in driving practical solutions.

The Healthy Seas initiativeGhost Fishing and World Animal Protection have also organised the removal of a derelict fishing net from the Malta coast to coincide with SeaWeb. This gear removal will happen over two days and will involve specialist divers from Ghost Fishing descending to a wreck where the abandoned gear is currently caught. The retrieval of this net will reduce the very real threat it poses to marine animals and the wider marine environment. The net will be sent to Slovenia for recycling into sustainable textiles by Healthy Seas. 

Throughout the seafood summit the GGGI will run a 'solutions kiosk' to promote the work of GGGI participants including Australia's Northern Prawn Fishery who remove ghost gear from the Gulf of Carpentaria, UK-based company Fourth Element who make swimwear out of recycled fishing gear, the Northwest Straits Foundation who have dramatically cleaned Puget Sound in the U.S. of over 5,600 derelict fishing nets, the Olive Ridley Project who are actively fighting ghost nets in the Indian Ocean through removal, research and awareness, Canada's Steveston Harbour who run a successful net recycling initiative and Fundy North Fishermen's Association who have pioneered ghost trap removal in the Bay of Fundy, and the Healthy Seas initiativewho remove ghost gear from European waters and recycle it into sustainable textiles including socks.