Morrisons Joins GGGI

We are excited to announce that UK supermarket Morrisons has joined the GGGI, committing to doing their part to reduce the growing worldwide problem of abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear.

Food retailers have a huge role to play in tackling the problem by looking at their seafood supply chain, and we're extremely glad to see Morrisons join forces with the other 71 unique organizations working as part of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to tackle the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. Recent reports suggest that 5% to 30% of the decline in some fish stocks is caused by ghost gear which can take up to 600 years to decompose.

Ingrid Giskes, Chair of the GGGI said, “I’m delighted to welcome Morrisons to the GGGI to help in the fight against one of the biggest threats to our oceans, which impacts both fish stock levels and people’s livelihoods. Morrisons will play a key role alongside NGOs, governments and other stakeholders to improve the health of marine ecosystems, protect marine animals and safeguard human health and jobs.

“Morrisons has very progressive social and environmental responsibility policies and it’s heartening to see them take on a leadership role on the issue of ghost gear.”

Morrisons are committing to introducing best practice to fight lost fishing gear in their supply chain, including improving reporting of lost fishing gear, promoting improvements in gear traceability and recovery or the uptake of gear with inbuilt escape mechanisms to prevent animal entanglement if it is lost.

The Morrisons Foundation is also supporting volunteer diver group and fellow GGGI participant Fathoms Free, who will be conducting 12 retrieval dives and beach cleans up this year throughout the south west of England. The project will be helping to clean up the seas around the UK coastline, raise awareness amongst local fisherman and communities and provide some of the infrastructure needed to enable these materials to be recycled.