Since forming in November 2018, the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada (FGCAC) has been working together on preventing and recovering end-of-life fishing gear and ALDFG, and developing sustainable solutions to retrieve and manage these materials.
The FGCAC is a not-for-profit corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.
The FGCAC is composed of over 30 members from various backgrounds including industry, government, Indigenous communities, academia, and the public across Canada and the United States. We recognize that the solutions we need require all of us to work together to support our fishing communities and help protect the ocean resources for generations to come. We have proven effective in laying the groundwork to fill resource management, research, and communication gaps, while working alongside government and industry, as well as other stakeholders and rights holders. FGCAC members join regularly during conference calls to share knowledge and keep everyone informed of ongoing activities, with individual Action Teams focused on specific areas of concern, such as onshore disposal, hot-spot mapping of known fishing gear loss, and fishing gear retrieval logistics.