Responsible Fishing Practices for Sustainable Fisheries

Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear

2009 FAO, Graeme Macfadyen, Tim Huntington, Rod Cappel

Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) is a problem that is increasingly of concern. This report, undertaken by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reviews the magnitude and composition of ALDFG, and while noting that information is not comprehensive and does not allow for any global estimates, suggests that gillnets and fishing traps/pots may be the most common type of ALDFG. Factor s leading to ALDFG as well as their impacts are presented. The report profiles measures already considered to stem the problem and includes a number of recommendations for future action.

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