In February 2019, TierraMar ran a workshop on Best Practice Management of Fishing Gear. The workshop was conducted in partnership with World Animal Protection and took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu as part of our activities under the CEFAS – Commonwealth Litter Programme (CLiP) Project, funded through DEFRA.
Key outcomes from TierraMar’s activities under the CLiP project were:
- The development of a baseline understanding of the problem of lost fishing gear in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands,
- Coordinating research and consultation on the ground with fishing communities and other stakeholders,
- Identification of the causes of lost gear and recommendations for prevention.
The policy workshop facilitated discussions regarding best practice approaches to reducing the loss of fishing gear, as well as potential solutions to marine litter for pacific island countries. The Vanuatu Fisheries Department, Vanuatu Environmental Science Society, and other stakeholders were involved.
Abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear can impact greatly on marine wildlife, ecosystems and navigation amongst other things. Reducing Ghost Gear is a priority for protecting marine environments and wildlife in the Pacific.
See other activities TierraMar conducted under the CLiP project.
See other Ghost Gear related projects by TierraMar.