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Combatting marine litter: Ghost gear

Marine pollution and the harmful effects it has on our oceans.

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What is ghost gear

Learn what causes abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear and the impacts on the marine environment.

Funded projects

In 2020, $8.3 million in funding was distributed to support 26 projects.

Ghost Gear Fund

Information on the Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Support Contribution Program (Ghost Gear Fund)

Information for the fishing industry and stakeholders

Information on mandatory reporting requirements for commercial fish harvesters.

International initiatives

Canada’s participation in international organizations and the commitments we’ve made to address ghost gear.

Successes and results

Ghost Gear Fund successes and results to-date.

Canada’s oceans agenda

Combatting oceans plastics and marine litter is a priority for the Government of Canada.

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Our environment
Our environment

Resources to take action to fight climate change and protect the environment

Report lost or retrieved fishing gear
Report lost or retrieved fishing gear

Fish harvesters and authorized retrievers can report their previously lost or retrieved gear simply and efficiently online.

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