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“Ghost gear”, which includes abandoned fishing gear nets, pots, lines and hooks, are in the top 10 list of most commonly founded marine litter in Hong Kong, according to the 2016 Coastal Watch marine litter survey. And they are the deadliest form of marine litter: ghost gears kill marine life; with sharks, turtles, fish and birds dying from net entanglement, drowning, suffocation and other fatal injuries.

Let's clear our ocean of ghost gear!

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REPORT YOUR GHOST GEAR SIGHTINGS

WWF is collaborating with the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and Hong Kong Reef Check on developing a ghost gear monitoring mechanism. We recommend scuba divers and other water-recreationist to record their ghost gear sightings during their activities. Submitted data will be reviewed by WWF and forwarded to AFCD immediately without personal data.

Ghost Gear Detective



Since June 2019, our “Ghost Gear Detective” has been turning ghost gear sightings into a baseline survey using citizen scientist methods. The programme has been training participants on how to collect ghost gear data and chosen applicants have started conducting surveys. The Ghost Gear Detective protocol allows divers to record the exact GPS coordinates of the ghost gear underwater. The accuracy of the data reduces the time and resource required to carry out retrieval operations.



Between 2019-2020, our citizen scientists have filed 191 reports with 199 pieces of ghost gear found. The baseline data contributed to our understanding of the ghost gear in Hong Kong. If you wish to learn more about the ghost gear situation in Hong Kong, please watch the below video!
 

WWF Coral Saver 2020 – Ghost Gear Monitoring Webinar


 

WELCOME TO JOIN GHOST GEAR DETECTIVE TO SAFEGUARD OUR OCEAN!

Contact

Gordon So
Conservation Officer, Oceans
Emailgordonso@wwf.org.hk
Phone+852 2161 9653