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June 10, 2021
Ottawa, ON – Lost, abandoned and discarded fishing gear, or ‘ghost gear,’ is one of the largest causes of marine pollution. Canada has made great strides in tackling this problem, both at home and abroad, through the Ghost Gear Fund (Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program). In 2020, the Ghost Gear Fund helped remove 63 tonnes of ghost gear from Canadian waters, thereby reducing threats to vulnerable fish stocks, marine mammals and vital ecosystems.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, launched a second call for proposals under the Ghost Gear Fund to support three new priorities:
Through the Ghost Gear Fund, the Government of Canada will provide up to $2 million in funding under this call for proposals. More information on the application criteria can be found at Canada.ca/ghost-gear. Proposals must be submitted by July 7, 2021 at 23:59 PST.
This call for proposals is funded under Budget 2021, which allocated $10 million to the Ghost Gear Fund to expand on its important work. At least 10% of the funding will go towards projects that are lead by Indigenous organizations and communities. The majority of the funding will be used to boost capacity of many successful ghost gear projects already taking place across the country through the first call for proposals in 2020. Fisheries and Oceans Canada will also use some of the funding to collect information on how ghost gear is impacting Arctic communities. This information will help the Department identify areas for future ghost gear removal and recycling activities to help protect northern ecosystems and the livelihoods of those who depend on them.
“Abandoned and lost fishing gear creates plastic pollution in our oceans and puts marine life at risk. Through Budget 2021 we’re investing $10M into the successful Ghost Gear Fund so we can continue supporting hardworking harvesters and coastal organizations in their efforts to clean up our oceans for a healthier future. The Ghost Gear Fund has made tremendous progress in removing harmful waste from our oceans, and has helped position Canada as a global leader in the fight against marine pollution. I can’t wait to see the incredible results that we are able to accomplish this year”.
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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