20 FEBRUARY 2024 | Tackling ghost gear in Aussie waters
Fisheries in northern Australia are experiencing the negative impact of abandoned, lost, and discarded crab pots. In collaboration with OceanEarth Foundation, through its Ghostnets Australia program, OzFish has launched the Great Aussie Crab Pot Recovery to recover these ghost pots and find a preventative solution. Crab pots used incorrectly or left in the water when not being used are becoming a serious threat to the marine environment. These pots, often referred to as ‘ghost gear’ or ‘ghost traps,’ can keep catching recreationally and commercially valuable fish and crustaceans long after they have been forgotten or lost.