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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 not harmless: ghost gears kill marine life; with sharks, turtles, fish and birds dying from net entanglement, drowning, suffocation and other fatal injuries. 

Over the past 10 years, few scientific studies have assessed the state of ghost gear in Hong Kong waters. We want to enlist the public to help provide more data that will contribute to the development of Hong Kong’s fisheries and waste management.

Let's clear our ocean of ghost gear!

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Coral Saver 2020 X Hong Kong Reef Check 2020 – Ghost Gear Monitoring


This year WWF is collaborating with Hong Kong Reef Check on developing a ghost gear monitoring mechanism. With the goal of conducting annual ghost gear monitoring, we recommend Reef Check divers to record their ghost gear sightings while conducting surveys.

Reef Check divers please use the link below to submit your ghost gear record!  



Not part of Reef Check? You Can still submit your report

We strongly encourage everyone to report their daily ghost gear sightings when engaged in marine recreational activities. You can also use the link above to file your report. Your findings, photos or videos will help us develop a better understanding of the ghost gear situation in Hong Kong and beyond. Let’s work together to clean up the ocean!

Since June 2019, our “ECF Sea Without Litter II - 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 scientific ghost gear data and chosen applicants have started conducting surveys. The data will also be uploaded to an international online ghost gear database, which will help in the development of sustainable fisheries and waste management.
The programme includes seminars, dive training and programme-sharing, with WWF-Hong Kong providing participants with a set of survey toolkit. We discuss the ecological impact of ghost nets, enjoy a safe survey dive, share our contributions, and together, make a difference to our oceans.


Gordon So
Conservation Officer, Oceans
Phone+852 2161 9653