English versions of the articles
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is considering an improvement of their MSC Fisheries Standard requirements around ghost gear. This could increase requirements of knowledge on gear loss and the impact of lost gear on habitats, ecosystems and species of concern.
The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) is financing four new projects to increase knowledge about the extent of plastic waste from the seafood industry, how to reduce emissions and increase the knowledge about micro and nano plastics in fish.
For several years, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has had an app available with information regarding recreational fishing. In 2017, the app was updated to include reporting of lost fishing gear. A new version was made available in 2018, and now divers can report if they retrieve any ghost gear from the sea. The goal was to make it easier to contribute to the clean-up of the ocean and reduce the risk of ghost fishing.Furthermore, the data will be sent to Norway’s largest research institute (The Institute of Marine Research, IMR) to contribute in research and mapping the problem of ghost fishing
CNO launching of brand new information videos on how to reduce loss of fishing gear and ghost fishing
Clean Nordic Oceans has identified lost fishing gear from recreational fishermen as a challenging area in almost all the Nordic countries. To face this challenge, CNO has made information videos to tell about ghost fishing, and how to prevent it form happening.
Participants from 10 countries took part in Clean Nordic Oceans second workshop at Beautiful Runde environmental center in Norway. Mapping and retrieval of lost fishing gear, handling and reception in harbors and challenges connected to commercial and recreational fishery was among the topics discussed at the workshop.