Ghost Fishing Gear: The Global Problem and the Global Solution

For the week of 15 January 2018

Letter from the Editor

Join us Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6pm EDT / 3pm PDT / 10pm UTC / Wednesday, April 11 at 8am AEST / 10am NZST for a webinar on Ghost Fishing Gear: The Global Problem and the Global Solution. Presented by Ingrid Giskes (Chair of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative Steering Group, and Head of Campaign for Sea Change, World Animal Protection), David Parker (Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Young’s Seafood, and Vice-Chair of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative), and Joan Drinkwin (Associate Partner, Natural Resource Consultants).

Each year, worldwide, millions of animals living in our oceans are mutilated and killed by abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear – ‘ghost gear’. These animals suffer severe acute or chronic welfare impacts; ranging from drowning in minutes to suffering from debilitating wounds for months or years before finally dying.

In 2014, World Animal Protection launched its Sea Change campaign with the Fishing’s Phantom Menace report, highlighting that cross-sectoral global collaboration was the only way to combat ghost gear. In 2015, World Animal Protection launched the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI), bringing together a critical group of stakeholders and experts on this topic. The GGGI addresses sea-based sources of marine debris, specifically abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear, and contributes to the delivery of the first target (14.1) under United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, calling for a significant reduction in marine debris of all kinds by 2025.

Now, as we head into 2018, join us to hear about how the GGGI’s three working groups – Building Evidence, Best Practice, and Solutions – have played a key role in formulating a global approach and strategy to tackling this deadly issue, and working towards ghost gear-free seas.

Webinar cosponsored by MarineDebris.Info and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

To register, visit:

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- Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

19 News posts this week

21 new Literature items this week

  • Healthy Reefs for Healthy People has published their "Mesoamerican Reef Report Card" (

  • Scientific Reports has published, Hydroacoustics as a tool to examine the effects of Marine Protected Areas and habitat type on marine fish communities (

  • The Marine Conservation Institute released their 2017 report for "SeaStates 2017: Marine Protection in America's Ocean Areas" (

11 new Jobs and 2 new Grants this week

  • Old Dominion University Department of Biological Sciences is hiring for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Molecular Ecology. Applications due Feb 28th (

  • Marine Social Science PhD opening at Arizona State University for Jenkins Research Team (

  • The National Geographic Society is offering three teams a $150,000 grant through their Marine Protection Prize. Apply by Feb 8th to be in the running! (