GhostFishing UK

Surveying and removing nets, fishing gear and other marine debris that pose a threat to marine life in UK waters

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Who we are & What we do

The Problem

‘Ghost Fishing’ is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned. Nets, long lines, fish traps or any man made contraptions designed to catch fish or marine organisms are considered capable of ghost fishing when unattended, and without anyone profiting from the catches, they are affecting already depleted commercial fish stocks. Caught fish die and in turn attract scavengers which will get caught in that same net, thus creating a vicious circle.

Nobody likes the thought of fish and other marine animals being caught in lost fishing gear. It’s wasteful, it’s cruel to the animals, and above all it can be prevented.

Who We Are

Ghost Fishing in the UK has been operating now for a few years. We are all scuba divers, and we come across lost fishing gear on almost every dive that we do. It really spoils the dive when you see this marine litter, and we’ve decided to do something about it.

Scapa Flow 2016

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