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- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
“Ghost gear” is one of the ten most commonly found marine litter in Hong Kong. It refers to abandoned fishing nets, pots, lines and hooks.
Based on the survey photos, we infer that 102 discarded fishing nets are gillnets, accounting for more than 80% of the total nets. We have also recognized various marine species entangled by ghost gear, including numerous coral species, consumable fish and crabs such as chocolate hind, red seabream, filefish, and blue-swimming crab. Besides, our investigation reveals that most ghost gear has small meshes. 39% of the recorded meshes are smaller than 2 cm whereas 79% are no larger than 4 cm. Because of the small meshes, most of the fishing nets can catch fish larvae, leaving negative impact on the fisheries and marine ecosystem.
The government also plays an indispensable and leading role to solve the ghost gear problem. WWF has been working closely with the Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) and established "Coral Saver - Ghost Gear Monitoring Platform". This platform facilitates the reporting of ghost gear sightings and makes it easier for the follow-up actions by AFCD. Between 2019 and 2020, AFCD has cleaned up 268 kilograms ghost gear. However, to address the issue in the long term, the government needs to work with various stakeholders to jointly improve the fishery management, combat illegal fishing, establish a complete fishing gear recording system and monitor the use of non-selective fishing methods.