What is Ghost Fishing?

Ghost Fishing is when abandoned or dumped fishing nets, lines, or fish traps, catch aquatic life without anyone profiting from the catches. These ghost nets affect the already depleted fish stocks. Caught fish die and in turn attract scavengers which often get caught in the same net. You can learn more about how ghost nets are killing all levels of marine life on GhostFishing.org.

What PB is Doing

    • Working with Ghost Fishing teams around the world who are removing Ghost Nets. These teams document the sites before and after clean-ups and submit data to our database
    • Encouraging all of its teams to conduct underwater clean ups where they remove trash and forgotten fish gearing.
    • Leveraging our volunteer divers and dry volunteers to do clean-ups both above and below the surface.
    • Showing the public how much trash and fishing gear are underwater and how they can make a difference.

What You Can Do

    • Choose responsibly sourced fish, or limit the amount of fish you consume
    • Dispose of your fishing gear responsibly
    • Dispose of your trash in designated trash areas
    • If you see garbage on the ground, pick it up
    • Organize a waterside clean-up in your area
    • Limit the amount of single-use plastics in your life:
      • When grocery shopping bring your own bags
      • Carry a reusable water bottle
      • Carry a reusable coffee cup
      • Carry a spork so you can avoid using throw away cutlery
      • Opt for the non-plastic wrapped veggies, and bring your own cloth bags to place veggies in.
      • Switch to using beeswax cloth instead of plastic wrap
      • Use containers for leftovers instead of plastic bags
      • Choose responsible gift wrapping
      • Shop second-hand

Learn more about how your eating choices affect the sustainability of fish populations and make ocean-friendly choices when you eat seafood.

Speak out! Tell your friends and family about what they can do to make a difference in the trash epidemic