Project recipients receive additional funding under the Ghost Gear Fund


Through the Ghost Gear Program, the Government of Canada has been working with partners to rid our oceans of ghost gear and create new solutions to reduce fishing debris. In 2021, the Ghost Gear Program provided additional support to 37 projects, many of which focus on increasing Canada’s recycling capacity for end-of-life fishing gear, and identifying and removing ghost gear from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Fraser River in British Columbia.

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* Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG)

Project recipients receive additional funding under the Ghost Gear Fund
Recipient Project Title Area of Work Funding
Association des Pêcheurs Professionnels Crabiers Acadiens, Inc. (APPCA) Reducing Impact of ALDFG* Interactions with Marine Mammals in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Gulf of St. Lawrence, N.B. $400,000.00
Association des Pêcheurs Professionnels Crabiers Acadiens, Inc. (APPCA) Industry Led Large-Scale Mapping and Retrieval of ALDFG* in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence to decrease possible Interactions with Marine Mammals and to reduce the presence of Plastic in the Ocean. Gulf of St. Lawrence, N.B. $285,000.00
Blue Ocean Gear Inc. Gear Tracking Technology Deployment to Prevent Gear Loss in Multiple Canadian Fisheries: A Large-Scale Effort to Reduce Ghost Fishing Gulf of St. Lawrence, N.B. $150,000.00
Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association Ghost Gear Removal in LFA 27 Cape Breton, N.S. $20,000.00
Centre de recherche sur les milieux insulaires et maritimes (CERMIM) Locating, retrieval and re-purposing of ghost fishing gear off the Magdalen Islands Magdalen Islands, Que. $407,030.00
Comité ZIP Côte-Nord du Golfe Identification and retrieval of fishing gear lost in the coastal waters near Sept-Îles Sept-Îles, Que. $41,005.00
Comité ZIP des Îles-de-la-Madeleine Retrieval of fishing gear lost or abandoned at sea in areas of high ecological value of the Magdalen Shallows Slope Magdalen Islands, Que. $204,457.50
Coastal Restoration Society ALDFG* Retrieval (and safe disposal) from First Nation Territorial Waters - Pacific Region Tofino, B.C. $700,000.00
Coopérative des Capitaines Propriétaires de la Gaspésie (APCG) Manufacturing and acquisition of a Reid’s Grapnel to retrieve abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded commercial fishing gear (ALDFG) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Rivière-au-Renard, Que. $350,000.00
CSR GeoSurveys Ltd. LFA 36-38 ALDFG* Survey, Retrieval and Disposal Bay of Fundy, N.S. $300,000.00
CSR GeoSurveys Ltd. LFA 26A ALDFG* Survey, Retrieval and Disposal Northumberland Strait, N.S. $250,000.00
Emerald Sea Protection Society Restoring the Emerald Sea: Collaboratively tackling lost fishing gear in the Canadian Salish Sea Salish Sea, B.C. $235,000.00
Esgenoôpetitj First Nation Miramichi Bay Fishing Gear Retrieval & Disposal Miramichi Bay, N.B. $120,000.00
Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society Lower Fraser River Ghost Gear Removal and Community Outreach Initiative Lower Fraser River, B.C. $95,844.00
Friends of McNabs Island Society McNabs and Lawlor Islands Cleanup – Education and Awareness Initiative McNab Island, N.S. $21,000.00
Fundy North Fisherman's Association Responsible Disposal of End of Life Lobster Traps St. Andrews, N.B. $106,670.00
Goodwood Plastics Products Maximizing Recycling Efficiency and Value of End-of-Life Plastic Fishing Gear in Atlantic Canada Atlantic Canada $237,000.00
Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Reducing Fishing Gear Loss and the impacts of ALDFG* into the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region Caribbean Sea $100,000.00
Les Pecheries Shipek Retrieval of lost gear in the area off the western tip of Anticosti Island Anticosti, Que. $14,700.00
Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance LFFA and FVAFS Ghost Net Retrieval Program Fraser River, B.C. $61,526.00
Malahat Nation Mapping and Improving High-Value Habitat influenced by Derelict Fishing Gear in the Salish Sea Salish Sea, B.C. $336,750.00
Maliseet Nation Conservation Council Using diving to remove ghost-gear and other marine debris from the Bay of Fundy Bay of Fundy, N.B. $140,224.00
Marine Thinking Lobster trap tracking, monitoring, and retrieval system Lobster Fishing Area 33, N.S. $120,000.00
Maritime Fishermen's Union Clean Oceans, fishermen taking action in LFA 26 : Ghost Gear retrieval effort. Lobster Fishing Area 26, N.S. $110,000.00
Merinov Abandoned or lost fishing gear: introduction to repurposing Gaspé, Que. $300,000.00
Natural Resources Consultants Newly Lost Net Response and ALDFG* Removal Diver Training Campbell River, B.C. $149,673.00
Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association Removal of Plastic Equipment (from Abandoned Mussel Aquaculture Sites) (ROPE) Project N.L. $199,251.95
Ocean Conservancy (Global Ghost Gear Initiative®)  Driving Policy Change to Catalyze Reductions in Ghost Gear Washington, D.C. $225,000.00
Petty Harbour Fisherman’s Cooperative Petty Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative - Eastern Avalon Ghost Fishing Gear Retrieval Project Petty Harbour, N.L. $134,038.00
Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association PEI Modified Grapnel Trialling and Wide Scale Gear Retrieval Project Gulf of St. Lawrence, N.B. $75,583.75
Richmond County Inshore Fishermen's Association Ghost Gear retrieval of St. Peter’s Bay, Richmond County, Nova Scotia St. Peter's Bay, N.S. $37,000.00
Shift Environmental Technologies Ltd. Rural First Nations ALDFG* Training Collection and Recycling Pilot Prince Rupert, B.C. $400,000.00
Stand Out For Environment Restoration Initiative Fishing Net Gains West Africa (FNG - WA) Nigeria $200,000.00
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'Kmaq Keskaqowey Apuktuk Memjewey Mi’kma’ki (Ghost Gear in Mi’kma’ki) Digby, N.S.
Northumberland Strait, N.S.
The Ocean Legacy Foundation Strategic Collection and Processing of Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) Resources in Pacific Canada Ucluelet, B.C. $800,000.00
Titan Maritime Ltd. Titan Maritime Proposal to DFO for SFSRSCP Funding Southern Shore, N.S. $204,000.00
Torngat Joint Fisheries Board (TJFB) ALDFG* retrieval and disposal initiative– Nunatsiavut waters (NAFO 2GH, 2Jnorth) Labrador, N.L. $265,000.00

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