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Ghosts beneath the waves

Dear ,

Did you know that 10% of all garbage in our oceans is from lost and discarded fishing gear?

Each year more than 640,000 metric tons of this “ghost gear” is left in our oceans – that’s more than one ton every minute!

It’s contributing to our ocean’s plastic problem, harming marine ecosystems and killing ocean animals (even giant whales drown because they get dragged down by ghost gear).

Our report ‘Ghosts beneath the waves’ reveals new data on the catastrophic impact this is having on our oceans and the urgent action needed from seafood companies. The report found that 80% of the biggest seafood companies in the world don’t have clear positions on or solutions to ghost gear.

The fishing industry is responsible for creating ghost gear and lost gear is four times more likely to trap and kill marine animals than all other forms of marine debris combined. Seafood companies have a responsibility to better protect the wildlife and ecosystems they are impacting.

With research on our side, we are approaching seafood companies and urging them to take action to help curb this growing problem. But we need your help.

Awareness about ghost gear is growing and industry leaders are beginning to take action but we must prove to these companies that protecting our oceans and marine life is a priority for Canadians.

Following ongoing discussions and the release of our report, we are pleased to share that Thai Union, one of the world’s biggest seafood companies and owner of seafood brands such as John West, Chicken of the Sea and King Oscar, has joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to be part of the solution.

Please sign our petition and we’ll bring your voice with us when meeting with seafood companies.

Help us prove to companies that Canadians care about protecting our precious ocean life. Help us convince seafood companies around the world to address ghost gear in their supply chains and do more to protect ocean animals.

Thank you again for joining us to move the world to protect animals.


Josey Kitson

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Josey Kitson
Executive Director
World Animal Protection

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