Abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear is the deadliest form of marine plastic as it unselectively catches wildlife, entangling marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, and sharks, subjecting them to a slow and painful death through exhaustion and suffocation.
How much of the oceans trash is fishing gear?
Fishing Gear Makes Up An Estimated 10% Of Ocean Plastic
1 million tons
of fishing gear are discarded or lost in the ocean every year.
Discarded nets, lines, and ropes now make up about 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Total of pinniped (seal and sea lion) and baleen whale species affected by ghost fishing gear
|species||Entanglement rate(%) (incidence in population)||Number of animals affected by entanglement annually|
|Sub-Antarctic fur seal||0.24||10|
|Antarctic fur seal||0.041||15000|