Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society
Ghost Nets Awareness
Ghost nets are lost nets that needlessly keep trapping and killing animals.
CMEPS advocates for the use of tagging systems on nets, responsibility on the part of fisheries and fishermen; retrieval, and reuse of lost nets; and use of old nylon gillnets, which can be seen in the water and are known as conservation nets instead of invisible monofilament gillnets.
These new invisible monofilament gillnets (also known as tangle nets) catch everything that swims too close to them. Even when lost at sea, they continue to trap and kill (or catching) even chinook salmon. The BC Fraser River chinook Salmon are already threatened by overfishing and lost nets (or ghost nets) are contributing to the problem. Orcas feed on chinook salmon
to define emerging threats to
Canada's oceans and marine
to advance the creation of marine
protected areas (MPAs)
and to improve the protection and
conservation of threatened marine
review major areas of marine
ecosystem vulnerability and
examine strategies for protecting
and conserving marine ecosystems
and produce consensus on
achieving milestones towards this
to gain international recognition of
to develop international regulations
necessary to safeguard marine
to develop sustainable international policies for marine exploitation, since most fisheries are now past the sustainable point and many species have been fully exploited.
A little bit of CMEPS history
CMEPS has been a member of WCA (World Cetacean Alliance) since its first year, and has actively participated, filmed and supported the events and efforts of the WCA, including participating in sessions for the creation of Whale World Heritage Sites.