Successes and results
Ghost Gear Fund highlights
As of April 2022
- 7,342 units of gear were retrieved from Canada’s waters, with a total weight of 1,295 tonnes. This is the equivalent weight of the Canadian Coast Guard vessel, the CCGS Cape Roger.
- In addition, 153 km of rope was collected, a length that could stretch from Moncton to Saint John, New Brunswick.
- Due to mandatory gear marking, 296 units of gear have been claimed by harvesters. Fifty-nine (59) units were relinquished by harvesters, allowing for them to be safely disposed.
New recycling depot in Ucluelet, British Columbia
In 2020, a recycling depot specifically designed for ocean plastics, including end-of-life fishing gear was built in Ucluelet, B.C. The recycling depot is now operational and turning ghost gear plastic into plastic pellets that will be used in the manufacturing of secondary plastic products, including kayaks. Additional fishing gear recycling opportunities are being developed in Powel River, B.C.
Nootka Sound ghost gear cleanup project
Fisheries and Oceans Canada partnered with the Coastal Restoration Society and local First Nations to remove abandoned shellfish aquaculture sites across Vancouver Island.
Gear Innovation Summit 2020
The Gear Innovation Summit took place in Halifax in February 2020, and included a trade show focused on technological solutions and industry innovation to mitigate ghost gear. The Summit provided an opportunity for harvesters, technical experts, non-government and government agencies, to share information and learn about innovative technologies and programming aimed to the prevention, reduction, and retrieval of ghost gear and reduce the impact of fishing activities on marine mammals.
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