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Tesco, Nestle join fight against ‘ghost gear’

Posted on November 16 2018

Tesco -- the UK’s biggest supermarket chain -- and Nestle, the world’s largest food company, have announced they have joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) to help address the more than 640,000 metric tons of fishing gear, also called ‘ghost gear’, ending up in the oceans every year.

The GGGI, founded in 2015, is the only global alliance of its kind, dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale. Ghost gear represents 10% of all marine debris and as much as 70% of all floating macro-plastics (larger than 5mm). The GGGI is announcing a raft of commitments to protect marine animals from ghost gear on Oct. 30:

  • It will support 30 projects addressing ghost gear in 15 countries by 2025 where the need is the greatest
  • It is pledging to double the financial commitment from its members, supporting organizations and governments, to $2 million in 2019 to ensure the effective scaling of projects aimed at addressing and preventing the problem of ghost gear, especially in developing countries. The UK government is committing over £100,000 for work in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands and providing training on the best practice management of fishing gear in other Commonwealth countries
  • The GGGI will also work with three market-leading certifications schemes, all 13 GGGI signatory countries and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation to implement best practice management of fishing gear by 2021, including the uptake of the recently adopted UN FAO guidelines for the marking of fishing gear.

"The equivalent of 52,000 London double-decker buses, or 65 Eiffel towers, of ghost gear, is left in the oceans each year," the project claims. "An estimated 5-30% of the decline in some fish stocks can be attributed to ‘ghost gear'." The GGGI now has 91-member organisations globally, including Lidl, who joined the alliance in September, and other UK food retailers J. Sainsbury, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose. 

Source

  • https://www.undercurrentnews.com/2018/10/30/tesco-nestle-join-fight-against-ghost-gear/