Fishing Industry ” Ghost Gear” is Killing Million Seafood Every Year


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The report focused on 15 of the world’s top seafood. World Leader considered by a company. Utilizing best practices to take responsibility for abandoned.

They lost fishing equipment. Any company ranked at tier five shows no evidence.  That this issue is even represented on any of their business plans.


Seafood retailers are ranked at tier three.  They are at least attempting to address the problem. Trident Seafoods are making an effort to remove unused nets Alaska.

Can you release a turtle back into the wild ?

Never release a pet turtle into the wild. Turtles kept in captivity may not have the important nutrients they need to survive through the cold winter.

What consists of seafood?

Seafood includes fish and shellfish. Shellfish include various species of molluscs, crustaceans, and echinoderm.

Eighty percent of the fishing companies reviewed have no clear agenda for ghost fishing gear. They don’t even acknowledge. This is an issue.

Ten of the 15 companies rank at the bottom.  Tier number five. These companies are not addressing.
It least 640,000 tons of ghost.  Gear are left to drift in the oceans every year. A case study discovered there are around 25,000 nets with a total length of about 1,250km lost every year.

Much of the gear is  invisible. So tough it is impossible to escape from. The plastics used can take up to 600 years to decompose.

Ghost gear makes up a shocking 10% of the total garbage choking the world’s oceans. The report states: This gear is four times more likely to endanger the animals put together.
After an analysis of the available data, WAP estimated that a minimum of 136,000 seals, sea lions and whales are killed every year, plus even larger numbers of birds, turtles, fish and other species.

Each net, trap or line left in the ocean is a killer. A retrieval of 870 disused nets off the coast of Washington State was found to contain more than 32,000 marine animals, with over 500 birds and mammals.

Launched in 2014, WAP’s Sea Change campaign aims to “reduce the huge suffering caused by ‘ghost gear’ turns oceans into death traps for sea animals.” Their goal is to save 1 million marine animals by removing ghost gear. They rescue entangled animals and reducing the amount of fishing equipment discarded into the oceans.

Of course, the problem will only be fixed with the cooperation of seafood companies around the world. And judging by this report. They have a long way to go.


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