Otherwise known as ‘ghost gear’, ALDFG is the most harmful form of marine debris as it is designed to last a long time. Once lost, ghost gear can continue to catch fish targeted by fishers and it can entangle other aquatic species and damage marine and nearshore habitats. Each year, tens of thousands of traps and pots are lost or abandoned in the world’s ocean due to rough weather and strong currents or conflicts with other fishing vessels. Ghost gear is expensive to replace if lost and hazardous for fishers and marine communities to deal with.
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