GGGI partners remove large ghost net off Pender Island, British Columbia

This past April, GGGI participants, World Animal Protection and the Northwest Straits Foundation, launched a project to remove a huge section of purse seine ghost netting that had been disrupting the environment and killing or injuring animals off Pender Island, British Columbia since before 1990. 

The two-day long project involved a team of divers removing the net from the reef by hand, freeing any entrapped animals and pulling the net onboard. In addition, in order to expand the capacity for addressing ghost gear, two divers from the Emerald Sea Protection Society (also GGGI participants) were trained on ghost gear removal protocols. Over 2,500 pounds of netting was removed from the ocean and sent for analysis and potential recycling. Lynn Kavanagh, Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection Canada said:

This was such a worthwhile event as we could see the tangible results by the sheer size of the net that was removed. The event was inspired by connections made through the GGGI and it's really exciting to see these collaborative efforts evolve.

Other supporters for this project include: Archipelago Marine Research and Steveston Harbour Authrority who are GGGI participants and Orca Spirit and Aquafil.

Watch our film to see how the net removal was done!