Reduce ‘ghost fishing’ by lost/discarded gear
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Abandoned fishing gear or gear that is lost at sea can continue catching fish, birds and other animals for years, or even decades, as the strong monofilament or steel nets slowly break up. Such gear has no commercial purpose and can damage fish stocks or even equipment as well killing birds. Reducing this ‘ghost fishing’ is therefore likely to benefit both wildlife and fishermen.