Ghost fishing gear is nets, ropes and other detritus that's either lost or abandoned at sea. It's one of the largest sources of plastic pollution, and it's the most deadly to marine life. For decades, this ghost gear can go on snaring and killing ocean creatures, causing devastating injury and death. Even when this gear breaks down into smaller pieces, it continues to kill through ingestion. We've got a plan to stop it, but we're going to need your help to do so.
Ministers Sage and Nash: Hold the New Zealand fishing industry to account for plastic waste by prioritising fishing gear under the Waste Minimisation Act.
Your support means the world.
Discarded ‘ghost’ fishing gear is one of the largest sources of plastic pollution in our oceans, but right now, commercial fishing companies are getting off the hook and not being held to account for their part in this crisis.
We can protect our oceans and stop dangerous ghost fishing gear from New Zealand going on an endless killing spree, but we have to act together to make that a reality, by calling on our representatives to hold the fishing industry to account. If we include fishing gear into the Waste Management Act, fishing companies will be forced to take responsibility for their gear.