Lost fishing gear kills fish and marine mammals long after it sinks to the bottom of the sea. Because it often floats up into the water column, it can continue "ghost fishing" the species it was designed to capture, as well as entangle and kill other wildlife. It can also harm habitat by scouring, scraping or breaking slow growing corals.
MARE partners with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and others to identify and remove derelict fishing gear.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Cruise
MARE partnered with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to identify and remove derelict fishing gear in 2010 and 2011.
Long Line Removal in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
The gill net was tangled with long lines, as well as shrimp flies and hooks still intact. A chronicle of this experimental cruise is here. A photo showing the ROV manipulator arm cutting one of the long lines is above right.
MARE is now planning future lost fishing gear removal missions.
Anyone who loses fishing gear or observes it underwater should make a report by calling 1-888-491-GEAR.