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RETRIEVAL
PROGRAMMES
THAT ARE MOST
PROGRESSIVE
INCLUDE AN EASY
REPORTING SYSTEM
FOR FISHERS TO
REPORT LOST
GEAR COMBINED
WITH SYSTEMATIC
RETRIEVAL OF
REPORTED GEAR.

nating harm caused by ghost gear, can be achieved by removing ghost gear from the
ocean. Removing fishing gear after it is lost is the only guaranteed method
to eliminate ghost fishing and other harm caused by long-lasting derelict fishing gear. It can be very expensive, however, particularly from deep marine
habitats156,157,158. Harmful impacts to marine habitats can also be significantly reduced,
with relatively quick recovery of habitats documented with certain gear types in certain
areas159,160.
There are many removal programmes operating around the world, some focusing on
large collections of ghost gear that have accumulated over many years161,162,163, and
some systematically cleaning fishing areas on a regular basis164,165. Some, like the
Northwest Straits Foundation's Program in Puget Sound, provide rapid response and
removal of newly lost gear (gillnets in this case)166. Fishers should be trained and ready
to retrieve lost fishing gear to the extent it is safe to do so. The European Union already
requires fishers to carry retrieval equipment and retrieve lost fishing gear or to report
its loss within 24 hours if the fisher cannot retrieve it167 .
Retrieval programmes that are most progressive include an easy reporting system for
fishers to report lost gear combined with systematic retrieval of reported gear. These
programmes could include rapid response and retrieval or regular, after-season cleanups, depending on the need of the fishery and the urgency of the impacts168,169. Particular attention should be paid to areas where natural disasters such as cyclones cause loss
of large quantities of fishing gear. Disaster preparedness should include removing gear
when storms are predicted combined with post-storm clean-up170.
Fishing for Litter schemes, whereby fishers bring back any marine debris, including
ghost gear, that they encounter during normal fishing operations, are growing in popularity. They reward fishers for helping to clean the ocean and provide easy disposal
and recycling options for recovered debris171,172. Such programmes require cooperation
between stakeholders and coordination with ports.

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