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Best Plastic Campaign - Plastic Free Awards 2021Ghost Fishing UK Chairman acceptance speech
Inside Out 16/09/2019BBC Inside Out follows Ghost Fishing UK
Ghost Fishing UK - Springwatch 30/05/2019Trustee and Operations officer Fred Nunn catches up with BBC Springwatch at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to explain how Ghost Fishing UK helps remove ghost gear before it harms seals.
BBC Spotlight lunchtime news 18 08 2020Ghost Fishing UK recovered a 200 metre long net from Hand Deeps reef, just outside Plymouth in 2020. Over 100 animals were rescued. BBC Spotlight South West picked up the story....
South East Today Evening News 17/06/2021 Brighton Cairndhu RecoveryThe Ghost Fishing UK team responded to reports of a huge net on the wreck of the Cairndhu in Sussex. Assisted by the fishing vessel that lost it, the team had a mammoth task to remove it from the deep twenties in the slack window.
Ocean Plastic Pots meets Ghost Fishing UKThis little film is released in celebration of World Oceans Day 2021!
Of course, every day is Oceans day for us here at Ghost Fishing UK. But in celebration of this recognised annual event, we have a little film premiere for you!
We were delighted to be joined by Ally Mitchell of Ocean Plastic Pots, Alan Paice and Garry Dallas of Dive RAID UK for our first course of the year.
Commercial diver Ally had an incredible story to tell - you can read all about it here: https://www.ghostfishing.co.uk/ocean-plastic-pots/
All three students had a passion for conserving the oceans and it was a joy to teach this highly motivated class.
Ghost Fishing UK Interviewed by Danny Pike on BBC Radio SussexAfter a couple of successful projects out of Brighton, Ghost Fishing UK Chair Richard Walker and Operations Officer Fred Nunn are interviewed about the projects and the wider lost ghost fishing gear problem.
Ghost Fishing UK - Brighton, May 2021Almost 200Kg of lost fishing gear known as ‘Ghost Gear’ has been recovered from the seabed by volunteer divers from the charity Ghost Fishing UK, in a collaborative project with Sussex Wildlife Trust.
The charity Ghost Fishing UK responded this week to reports from scuba divers in the Brighton area to locate and survey lost fishing nets on the shipwreck of the Pentyrch, before making a plan to remove it.
Lost or abandoned fishing gear is problematic in our oceans, with an estimated 640,000 tonnes lost into the sea globally each year.
The lost nets and pots known as ‘Ghost Gear’ continue fishing non-stop. The catch is never landed and the trapped animals act as bait for others, in a non-stop cycle of wasteful deaths known as ‘Ghost Fishing’.
The team brought the net back on board the diving vessel Channel Diver operating from Brighton Marina and the net will now be stored for recycling.
Despite covid-19 restrictions, the team underwent daily testing and diligent hygiene in order to carry out the mission.
This was the second mission the team of volunteers had undertaken in the Sussex region this year following plentiful reports by scuba divers of lost nets fouling the wrecks in the area, causing a hazard not just to them, but the wildlife along the Sussex coastline.
Working in 18 metres of water, the visibility was good and the divers have so far this season been able to recover 275 Kg of lost nets in just three dives.
Trustee and underwater photographer for the charity Christine Grosart said:
“The team were delighted to be asked to join up with Sussex Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild Coast Sussex’ project. It was great to have them on the boat so that they could see what goes on at the sharp end of our charity, removing ghost gear from the sea and it was great to finally start cleaning up the Sussex region where we had not been before this spring.”
Wild Coast Sussex was set up to inspire local communities to care for the marine environment and enable them to protect their coast and sea.
As part of a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, working with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) and Brighton SEA LIFE, the project aims to:
• Inspire and connect people to the Sussex coast and sea
• Engage people in direct action to protect the Sussex coast and sea
• Enable learning and activities that encourage people to make positive lifestyle choices and behaviour change to reduce negative impacts on the Sussex Coast and sea
• Empower people to share experience and influence others to protect the Sussex coast and sea
Ghost Fishing UK were invited to get involved owing to their extensive experience training divers to survey and safely recover lost fishing gear, which is found via their online reporting system that is open to both fishermen and divers.
Nikki Hills, project manager for Wild Coast Sussex joined the team on board Channel Diver this week. She told us:
“It was fantastic to join the Ghost Fishing UK team on a trip to recover ghost nets off the Sussex Coast and see first-hand the dedicated work of the divers and the amount of net they managed to remove.
Removing this net is so important because if left, it can trap precious marine wildlife and add to plastic in the sea. The Wild Coast Sussex Project is really pleased to support the work of Ghost Fishing UK and it’s great to have them in Sussex.”
The SS Pentyrch was a cargo steam ship, torpedoed in 1918. Plenty of the wreckage can still be seen protruding from the sandy seabed. Unfortunately, these protrusions snag on fishing nets and can cause them to break away. They then continue to fish until they can be removed.
Miss Grosart said “We are very grateful for the reports from divers about these nets. We are also very keen to work with the fishing industry to get these unfortunate losses, which are not deliberate, back out of the sea. We would urge fishermen to tell us if they have lost any pots or nets so that we can see if it is possible for us to remove and then recycle them, or in some cases return them, keeping them out of the ocean forever.
We are soon launching a reporting system dedicated for fishermen so that they can report losses to us in confidence.”
Ghost Fishing UK also works with the key organisations involved in the project, such as Seasearch and the SeaLife Trust and are available to give talks to schools and interested parties about the work they are doing to raise awareness of the issues affecting our oceans.
Big Give Campaign Video OuttakesNever work with animals, Children or Ghost Fishing UK Divers!!
Here are the bits that didn't quite make it into the official video.
For entertainment purposes obviously 😀
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Big Give Christmas Challenge - Ghost Fishing UKThis year, Ghost Fishing UK has applied to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We’re hoping to raise vital funds for our project: Making the Circle Round.
We are aiming to raise a total of £10,000 made up of pledges and donations to take part in the Christmas Challenge.
We are delighted to announce that we have secured a champion and we now need to raise £5000 in one week to make up the matching pot!
The campaign opens soon!
Donations open 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020
to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Our charity consists of volunteer scuba divers, with extensive training in advanced diving practices specifically in relation to helping the marine environment by removing harmful lost fishing gear called ‘Ghost Gear.
Each year it is estimated that 640,000 tonnes of lost fishing gear makes its way into our oceans and continues fishing indiscriminately and indefinitely.
It can cost £1000 to locate, recover and recycle just one diving day’s haul of ghost gear, which is normally in the region of 100-200kg per day.
‘Making the Circle Round’ campaign is not only about removing lost fishing nets from the ocean, but creating a recycling pathway here in the UK to keep lost fishing gear, which are mainly plastics, out of our oceans and landfill sites.
The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.
The Christmas Challenge is a match funding campaign where donations to participating charities are doubled. The match funds come from two sources – charities secure some of these (Pledges) over the summer.
These funds are then boosted by funds from a Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund. This collective pot is used to double donations from online supporters when the campaign is live.
The Christmas Challenge 2020 will take place from 12pm 1st December 2020 – 12pm 8th December 2020 when our donations are doubled.
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