Sea Change

Reducing the huge suffering caused by lost and abandoned fishing gear that turns oceans into death traps for sea animals

The ghost fishing gear crisis

Abandoned, lost and discarded nets, lines and traps are one of the biggest threats to our sea life. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of gear is left in our oceans each year. This gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually.

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We’re working in three ways to protect animals from ghost fishing gear: 

  • Bringing together partners to stop fishing gear being lost and abandoned
  • Supporting new ways to remove ghost gear from the seas
  • Assisting rescue teams to save entangled marine animals around the world

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