Marine Thinking Launches Phase 2 of Ghost Gear Fund Project with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

By Published On: March 28, 2023Categories: Ghost Gear, News

Marine Thinking has officially launched Phase 2 of its Ghost Gear Fund (GGF) project with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Using new tracking technology, the project aims to prevent lost fishing gears from polluting our oceans.

Marine Thinking has developed an electronic tagging system for individual fishing gears which will improve the overall retrieval process and help prevent ghost gear situations. As highlighted in the graphic below, fishers will be able to automatically track the status of all fishing gears, including equipment that is deemed lost. Fishers will also be able to track the last known GPS location of each trap.

The Phase 2 features the participation of three commercial fishers who are scheduled to deploy 984 electronic tags in lobster fishing areas (LFAs) 33 and 34 during the current fishing season.

Phase 3 of the project is tentatively scheduled for 2024. Along with scaling up overall production, Phase 3 will introduce sonar survey into the ghost gear retrieval process. The survey will be conducted autonomously by Marine Acadia™ using a pole-mounted multibeam sonar and the vessel’s autopilot navigation feature.

Global estimates indicate that 600,000-800,000 metric tonnes of ghost gear are produced on an annual basis.

Learn more about our electronic tracking system, courtesy of CBC News.