Recover lost or discarded fishing gear
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (or ‘ghost’ gear) is a major threat to marine and freshwater mammals. Mammals may become entangled in ‘ghost’ gear, such as nets, lines and ropes, resulting in injury or death (Stelfox et al. 2016). Recovering derelict fishing gear from marine and freshwater environments may reduce the risk of mammal entanglement. However, derelict gear may be difficult to locate and retrieve. Specialist techniques may be required, such as acoustic sonar surveys, aerial surveys, or underwater diver and camera surveys (Drinkman 2018).
For an intervention that involves offering incentives for recovering gear, see Offer incentives to fishers for recovering, reusing or recycling fishing gear. For an intervention related to removing other litter, see Remove litter from marine and freshwater environments.
Drinkwin J. (2018) Methods to locate derelict fishing gear in marine waters. Natural Resources Consultants, Inc.
Stelfox M., Hudgins J. & Sweet M. (2016) A review of ghost gear entanglement amongst marine mammals, reptiles and elasmobranchs. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 111, 6–17.