Government of Canada hosts two-day conference to explore innovative fishing technologies to protect whales and stop spread of ocean plastics
“Fish harvesters have shown incredible leadership and a sustained commitment to protecting our oceans. Our government is proud to partner with the industry leaders to implement new gear requirements which will reduce the entanglement of whales and decrease the amount of discarded fishing gear in the ocean. We know that for a lucrative fishing industry and healthy marine ecosystem to continue to coexist, we will need innovate solutions. That is exactly why the Gear Innovation Summit is bringing together experts across many fields. Together, we will continue to confront the challenges of our time to ensure that fish harvesters and marine life can share the oceans for generations to come.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Each year, more than eight million metric tons of plastic end up in the world's oceans. A major contributor to plastic waste is lost and abandoned fishing gear, also known as ghost gear. Ghost gear is one of the deadliest forms of plastic debris, and has a damaging impact on marine animals like whales and turtles, the coastal and marine environment, and global fishing stocks.
From July 18 to 20, 2019, Fisheries and Oceans Canada conducted a three-day ghost gear retrieval operation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence known as Operation Ghost. The operation recovered over 100 snow crab traps and over 9km of rope from the water.
Since summer 2019, the department has supported several other ghost gear retrieval operations in waters near PEI, New Brunswick and British Columbia. More activities are planned for 2020.
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