Ghost Gear Retrieval 2021-23

This project focuses on removing and disposing of derelict fishing gear and marine aquaculture debris. Derelict fishing gear, also known as ‘ghost gear,’ is any discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing gear left in marine environments which has the potential to trap, entangle, and kill marine life.

Key Statistics

123,500 kgs of Debris Removed
104 Jobs Created

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Project Partners

Fisheries and Oceans Canada LogoAhousaht First NationTla-o-qui-aht First NationT'Sou-ke First NationTseshaht First NationHupacasath First Nation

Project Details

Derelict fishing gear, such as nets, traps, and pots, is one of the main types of debris impacting the marine environment today. While much of this ghost gear originates from conventional fishing methods, ghost gear originating from derelict aquaculture sites is on the rise and continues to be identified by CRS. In this project we are piloting new debris-detection technology and survey mapping tools which provide a comprehensive survey of, and proximal locations for, abandoned aquaculture and ghost gear. These tools have enabled us to develop a Priority Action Approach which ranks and prioritizes ALDFG accumulation sites for removal. 

The majority of identified sites are in territorial waters of the Pacific Region, necessitating an approach that maintains First Nations leadership and community priorities. This project is conducted in partnership with Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, T’Sou-ke, Huuayaht, Tseshaht, Hupacasath, and Hesquiaht First Nations, Ministry of FLNRORD, DFO and Transport Canada.

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