Ghost Fishing UK

South Coast, UK

Region Active

Europe

Charity

2015

Activity

Marine pollution, Ghost fishing, Ocean debris, Fishing gear, Ghost gear

Description

Ghost Fishing UK works to remove Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear, otherwise known as ‘Ghost Gear’. The purpose is to remove from the marine environment the ghost gear which presents potentially lethal hazards to marine life and scuba divers. Volunteer scuba divers, who have extensive training in advanced diving practices, dive to remove ghost nets and raise awareness through education about plastics and ghost fishing gear problems. The organisation formed in 2015 at an inaugural project in Scapa Flow, Orkney. In 2021 Ghost Fishing UK were winners of the 'Best Plastic Campaign' at the Plastic Free Awards.