COLLECTING DATA FOR SCIENCE AND POLICY CHANGE

Solving the issue at the source.

Good quality data and images are fundamental for building evidence and informing public policy with regards to the risk of ghost fishing. 

Building evidence, understanding how ghost gear “behaves” in the marine and coastal ecosystems, identifying the source and mapping the cost efficient marine wildlife rescue and ghost gear retrieval sites, is critical information necessary for the management of the risk of ghost fishing. But this data needs to be integrated with the right science and public policy frameworks in order to make a change.

 

MED GHOST FADS coordinates work with OceanCare and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to inform policy change in the most efficient way.

Download our PROTOCOLS FOR RESCUE AND RETRIEVAL AT SEA below:

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HELP US END ILLEGAL FISHING

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) has a devastating impact on marine ecosystems and habitats. It depletes fish stocks, weakens coastal communities and puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage. Organisations like the International Commission Conservation Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean are working to regulate fishing in the EU. But in order to take actions against destructive activities, they are in need of solid data. 
 

Our Mediterranean Ghost FAD fleet is in the perfect position to collect data out at sea and help end illegal fishing. Download the following ICCAT vessel sighting information sheet to keep on your ship. 

Send the information for IUU vessel sightings to ghostfads@savethemed.org

USING SCIENCE TO TRACK THE SOURCE OF GHOST GEAR

THE IMPORTANCE OF LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLES

Loggerhead sea turtles are extremely vulnerable to entanglement in ghost fishing gear. The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) is a species of special relevance. 

 

Did you know that over 75% of the loggerhead turtles in the Western Mediterranean are from the North West Atlantic Distinct Population Segment? These are turtles born in the sandy beaches of Florida and the Caribbean! This is why NOAA and the US Fish and Wildlife Service support our sea turtle conservation efforts in the Mediterranean since 2005, as part of the US Marine Turtle Conservation Act and the USFWS “Wildlife without Borders" program.

Caretta caretta is an indicator species of special value for the Oslo and Paris Convention (OSPAR), the Bonn Convention for Migratory Species (CMS) and the European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (EU MSFD).

As such, we use this species to send data to the following frameworks:

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Furthermore, the MED GHOST FAD project is a direct contribution to the Spanish National Strategy on Ghost Fishing which is currently in process of development by the Ministerio de Transición Ecológica y Reto Demográfico.

Save The Med's turtle tagging program is a key part in understanding the movements and habitats of the species, and in helping to conserve this unique species. Find out more here.

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