Impact of old fishing gear

Abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear is the deadliest form of marine plastic as it unselectively catches wildlife, entangling marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and sharks, subjecting them to a slow and painful death through exhaustion and suffocation.

How much of the oceans trash is fishing gear?


Fishing Gear Makes Up An Estimated 10% Of Ocean Plastic

1 million tons

of fishing gear are discarded or lost in the ocean every year.


Discarded nets, lines, and ropes now make up about 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Total of pinniped (seal and sea lion) and baleen whale species affected by ghost fishing gear

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