Divers often see fishing nets cloaking the shipwrecks they visit. But can lost fishing gear ever become a habitat for marine life? And if so, should it be left in the sea?
Ghost fishing depletes the species targeted by fishermen to the detriment of the fishery itself.
Divers are at the heart of the charity, but we also need non-divers to volunteer time. We would love you to join our team, so read on to find out more.
Read volunteer diver Emma Biggs’s personal account of her Cornish adventure with Ghost Fishing UK!
During Ghost Fishing UK’s project week in Cornwall our chairman, Rich Walker, met Louis-Matisse Nicholls, otherwise known as the Mini Beach Cleaner, for a ghost gear removal primer session
Read about our week-long summer project that recovered over half a tonne of lost fishing gear from Cornish waters.
Shipwrecks provide homes for fish and crustaceans, so inshore fishermen sometimes set their nets and traps near them, but get too close and the gear can become caught and lost!
Twenty-eight creels, used for catching crabs and lobsters, returned to two inshore fishing boats. A good weekend’s work for Ghost Fishing UK’s diving team in Eyemouth, Scotland.
CSR programmes can give staff time off for volunteering, and even provide funding. Martin Maple finds out more.
“So, what can I do to help?” was the question Jamie Vaughan kept asking himself. Now he reports from Plymouth on the Ghost Fishing UK Easter training course where he found out!