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Ghost gear

Learn how Canada is tackling this global problem.

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Ghost Gear Fund 2023 - Hurricane Fiona Response

The application period is now closed.

Please report your lost gear as soon as possible so that retrieval efforts can be made and recovered gear can be returned to the owner.

Services and information

What is ghost gear

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

Funded projects

Since 2020, $26.7 million in funding was distributed to support 91 projects.

Ghost Gear Fund

Information on the Ghost Gear Fund (formerly known as the Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program).

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.

Data on lost gear reporting

The latest data on mandatory lost gear reporting.


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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