Sponsored Events – Global Ghost Gear

Sponsored Event:

The Best Practice Framework for Fishing Gear Management (BPF): Practical guidelines for more sustainable seafood

Sponsored by: Global Ghost Gear Initiative

Tuesday, June 6 | 12:00pm
Room: Vashon II

RSVP by May 26th – Contact Christina Dixon (christinadixon@worldanimalprotection.org)

Abandoned, lost and otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), causes economic losses, environmental damage and harm to marine wildlife thus represents financial and reputational risks to all businesses in the seafood supply chain.

In this facilitated panel session, we will address how and why these risks could affect your business. For instance, financially the costs of recovery efforts and reduced harvest are significant. Additionally, there is a reputational risk to businesses who ignore this growing environmental issue.

The BPF provides a holistic combination of principles for targeted management practices and case studies to build awareness and enable practitioners to reduce gear loss and to lessen the impacts of ALDFG.

In our session, we will address the following problems:

  • Financial – The costs of recovery efforts and reduced harvest are significant. For instance, the 1.25 million blue crabs caught in ghost crab pots in Virginia Bay in 2013 had a value of more than $400,000.
  • Reputational – Consumers care about marine animals and their ocean environment. What are the non-financial impacts to companies that fail to act to mitigate harmful impacts of ALDFG?
  • Ecological – Ghost gear also entangles and kills marine wildlife, adds to ocean waste, and presents additional expenses and hazards for fishermen and marine communities.


Ann-Marie Copping, Ocean Wise, Vancouver Aquarium (Moderator)
Joan Drinkwin, Natural Resources Consultants
Tim Huntington, Poseidon Consultants
Jonathan Curto, TriMarine

About the Panelists:

Ann-Marie Copping is the Program Manager for the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program, Ocean Wise. The program works with restaurants, retailers and the supply chain of seafood in Canada with the largest focus on foodservice operators. Ann-Marie is also a Steering Committee member of the Conservation Alliance for Sustainable Seafood.

Joan Drinkwin’s directed the Northwest Straits Foundation’s Derelict Fishing Gear Program, overseeing the recovery of more than 5,600 lost gillnets and 4,000 lost crab pots from Puget Sound, Washington. She led the development of a comprehensive plan to prevent lost crab pots in Puget Sound, involving fishers, industry, and regulators. Ms. Drinkwin currently works for Natural Resources Consultants developing and managing ALDFG projects throughout North America. She is an Advisor to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and participates in the GGGI Replicating Solutions Working Group.

Tim Huntington is a co-author of a number of key documents on ghost fishing, including ‘Ghost Fishing by Lost Fishing Gear’ (EU, 2005) and ‘Abandoned, lost and otherwise discarded fishing gear’ (FAO / UNEP, 2009). He is also the main author of GGGI’s recent ‘Best Practice Framework for the Management of Fishing Gear’. Tim is a fisheries biologist based in southern England and is General Manager of consultancy Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd.

Jonathan Curto’s is the acting Sustainability Coordinator at Tri Marine Management Company. His primary responsibilities include consultation and support for Tri Marine offices worldwide, sustainable policy development, and compliance monitoring for the various internal and external sustainability policies that Tri Marine has committed to. The Tri Marine Group of companies is a leader in the tuna industry supplying raw material and finished goods for customers globally, including operating a fleet of purse seine vessels fishing for tunas in the Pacific Ocean. Jonathan carries with him over 10 years of direct industry experience and is an avid supporter of the implementation of sustainable and environmental fishing practices globally.

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