Global Ghost Gear Initiative
Founded on the best available science and technology, the GGGI is the first initiative dedicated to tackling the problem of ghost fishing gear at a global scale. The GGGI’s strength lies in the diversity of its participants including the fishing industry, the private sector, academia, governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. Every participant has a critical role to play to mitigate ghost gear locally, regionally and globally.
As part of our collective impact we will contribute to the objectives of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter, which builds on the Honolulu Strategy, and seeks to protect human health and the global environment by the reduction and management of marine litter.
Fathoms Free are pleased to announce our most recent project initiative for 2016. We are undergoing trials in partnership with FatYak Kayaks to produce Kayaks and Bodyboards made from Ocean Plastics!
Not only will these hopefully be for sale in the not-too-distant future, but the Kayaks will also be used by us to remove ocean plastics. They will enable our volunteers to reach the otherwise inaccessible coves for Beach Cleans, surveying and Diving for Debris. Whilst offering us the means of recycling the plastics we gather, most of which presently end up in landfill.
FatYak, a UK South West-based Kayak manufacturer, have a history of supporting local community work. Although currently their products do not contain any recycled materials, they are committed to working with us to pioneer new ways of protecting our oceans. The way we view Ocean Plastic needs to change; by utilising it as a resource which feeds back into a circular economy model, we start to see its true value. This, in turn, will support our grassroots initiative to help clean our seas and offers a new way of recycling marine plastics.