Entangled animals can drown in minutes or endure long, slow deaths lasting months or years.
Ghost gear kills at least 136,000 seals, sea lions and large whales every year.
Almost 73% of all photographed right whales show scarring from at least 1 entanglement.
135 different species fall victim to ghost gear – lost or discarded fishing gear.
Coming into contact with ghost fishing gear remains the primary threat to the endangered leatherback turtle.
Together we can save 1 million marine animals by 2018.
An estimated 640,000 tons of ghost gear, ends up in our oceans each year.
Over 85,000 dead birds were found in 14% of nets retrieved from the Salish Sea over a number of years.
A whale freed from a net was towing another 50 feet of net containing dead sharks, rays, crabs, fish and a sea lion.
About half of entangled sea lions on the coasts of Northern BC and Southeast Alaska were entangled around the neck.
A ghost net entangling 17 sea turtles was once discovered days after a storm off the coast of Brazil.
Some ghost gear is made of very durable plastic and can last in our seas for up to 600 years.
You are too entangled in ghost gear to go any further! Every year, thousands of marine animals get
caught in lost or discarded fishing gear.