Ghost Fishing UK

Ghost Fishing UK - Cleaning up our Oceans

Ghost Fishing UK cleans up lost fishing gear with volunteer scuba divers, preventing lost fishing gear known as 'ghost gear' from entering our seas and saving our marine wildlife. Our team removes ghost gear from the ocean and it is then recycled.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1174396)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target


Amount raised




Championed by The John Spedan Lewis Foundation


  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom

  • The work that this small team do is amazing, truly amazing...backed-up with powerful images and film. Ghost net diving is not easy - so the stories are not only about lost/abandoned nets, but the whole technical, adventurous, hazardous diving coupled with the circular economy / recycling works.

    — Paul Rose - Royal Geographical Society, Explorer, Broadcaster, National Geographic Pristine Seas

  • Such an incredible team! Thank you so much for all your hard work

    — Ecoski

  • Grateful thanks to you all in Ghost Fishing UK for doing what you do to mitigate the horrendous effects on wildlife of abandoned fishing nets in the seas around our coast

    — Instagram Follower


Ghost Fishing UK removes lost fishing gear from the sea. This makes up almost half of the great pacific garbage patch. An estimated 640,000 tonnes of 'ghost gear' gets into the oceans each year. Lost fishing gear continues to catch and kill marine wildlife, traps large marine mammals, indefinitely, around the clock and the catch will never be landed. We work with fisheries to reduce and prevent lost fishing gear at source, removing ghost gear that has been reported to us and recycling it.


To solve the problem at source, we build networks with fisheries and associations to gain information about lost fishing gear. We plan to implement a reporting system, to be used by fisheries, enabling Ghost Fishing UK to respond to lost ghost gear at the time it is lost. We currently respond to ghost gear reports from scuba divers for nets and pots that have been lost for an unknown period of time. Our trained divers then respond to these reports and remove the ghost gear to get it recycled.