Managing end-of-life fishing gear
Finding Long-Term Solutions
for End-of-Life Fishing Gear
About the Project

Commercial fisheries (sea and freshwater) play an important role in Atlantic Canada’s economy, employing close to 33,000 people, generating $3.2 billion in 2018 and supporting 1,000 rural communities.  

Atlantic Canadian and eastern Quebec fisheries need to use large amounts of fishing gear (e.g. rope, lobster traps, crab pots, nets, etc.) to fish safely and successfully. When this gear is no longer safe and/or useful for fishing, due to damage or wear and tear, it becomes what is known as “end-of-life fishing gear”. Not all fish harvesters can easily dispose or recycle their end-of-life fishing gear, as there is no single, consistent, environmentally friendly system in place to recycle or repurpose different kinds of end-of-life fishing gear. 

Our East Coast Ghost Gear report recommended further research to find solutions for end-of-life fishing gear. To investigate such solutions, the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada (FGCAC) is receiving primary financial support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada from July 1, 2020 to March 31st, 2022.

Project Goal

Design a management (recycle or repurposing) program model for end-of-life fishing gear that is:

Accessible

Provides convenient collection sites for end-of-life fishing gear

cost-effective

Develops a long-term, self-sufficient waste management program 

environmentally responsible

Prioritizes environmentally friendly waste management solutions

Project objectives

research

To understand the challenges, opportunities, and opinions of a management program for end-of-life fishing gear

engage

To seek and involve communities and industries that may have interest and/or influence in end-of-life fishing gear

create program

Work together to create a program model for managing lobster traps and fishing rope, starting in Nova Scotia

Progress and how to get involved

 

 

 

 

 

 

released FISH HARVESTER SURVEY

The FGCAC Project Team is interested in learning about the issues and opportunities related to end-of-life fishing gear, specifically, fishing rope and lobster traps. We invite fish harvesters to take a 10-minute survey to help us understand how to collect, gather, store, reuse, dispose of, and/or recycle these materials.

PUBLISHED REPORTS OF END-OF-LIFE FISHING GEAR MANAGEMENT In ATLANTIC CANADA AND EASTERN QUEBEC

Reports summarizing the results of a study to understand fishing gear in Atlantic Canada and Quebec: its manufacturing, use in the fishery, and where it ends up when it can no longer be used for fishing.

HOSTED FIRST ROUND OF ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Engaged all communities, industries, and anyone with an interest and/or influence in end-of-life fishing gear seeking their insights and perspectives.

HOSTED SECOND ROUND OF ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Engagement focused on fish harvesters for their specific knowledge and insights of logistical factors to help design a management solution.

formed advisory committee

Formed an advisory committee with representatives of fishing gear manufacturers and retailers, Indigenous communities, harbour authorities, fish harvesters, waste management, and government to provide information and advice, and help develop an end-of-life fishing gear management program.

Provincial Reports
News
For media inquiries please email
project coordinator & media contact

Rachel Kendall

Team
Program Manager

Sonia Smith

Project Manager

Marquita Davis

Project CoordinatoR

Rachel Kendall

Project Advisor

Cleanfarms

Funders

This project is possible thanks to the financial support of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program (SFSRSCP) and Divert NS.