GGGI are highly commended as finalists for the Ocean Awards!

This week the Global Ghost Gear Initiative was highly commended as a finalist in the Ocean Awards!

The awards, now in their second year, are part of the long-standing partnership between BLUE and Boat International and they seek to celebrate individuals and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the health of the oceans.

The GGGI was commended for the Visionary Award, which recognises groups and individuals who have taken the lead on action for the benefit of ocean health. Other Visionary Award Finalists include, Louis Bacon from the Bacon Foundation and the late Stuart Beck, United Nations Ambassador for Palau and the eventual winner of the category.

The GGGI impressed the judges by demonstrating leadership on the issue of ghost gear. Key examples of our authority on this issue is the work delivered by GGGI’s working groups that enables us to understand ghost gear better, as well as how to drive economically viable and sustainable solutions across the globe. In the last year, the GGGI has supported new collaborative solution projects, including an innovative net recycling project in Scotland, a fisher education project in Pakistan and a ghost gear mapping and removal project in Alaska.

In nominating the GGGI David Parker, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Young’s Seafood, said,

“For me the Global Ghost gear initiative is one of the most ambitious, innovative, inclusive and resourceful conservation enterprises currently extant. The phenomenon of ghost fishing is a global pandemic with no obvious villain, yet many affected parties, thus it’s one of the most difficult to address. For years now there has been clear mandate from the FAO, many NGO’s and scientists for solutions to the issue but an absence of joined up action.

The GGGI has come alive to rise to this challenge, skilfully navigating the complex diversity of stakeholders, contributing drivers of the problem and innovative solutions tackling ghost gear issues around the world, from grass roots initiatives to multi-national corporations and the dizzying heights of global governance bodies. Long may it continue to drive change.”

This nomination marks a pivotal moment for the GGGI as it becomes the recognisable expert initiative for all things ghost gear!