What is ‘ghost fishing‘? Ghost fishing is a well known phenomenon, especially in well-fished areas. The founders of the Ghost Fishing Foundation were confronted with ghost gear while diving the many wrecks in the Dutch North Sea. In 2009 they were part of a local team of divers who started to clean those wrecks. After some years of local efforts it was time to broaden the horizon and get in touch with like-minded groups all over the world. And so the Ghost Fishing Foundation was born.
‘Ghost Fishing’ is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned. Imagine a fishing net that gets snagged on a reef or a wreck and gets detached from the fishing vessel. Nets, long lines, fish traps or any man made contraptions designed to catch fish or marine organisms are considered capable of ghost fishing when unattended, and without anyone profiting from the catches, they are affecting already depleted commercial fish stocks. Caught fish die and in turn attract scavengers which will get caught in that same net, thus creating a vicious circle.
Lost fishing gear, or so called ‘ghost gear’ are among the greatest killers in our oceans, and not only because of their numbers. Literally hundreds of kilometers of nets and lines get lost every year and due to the nature of the materials used to produce these types of gear, they can and will keep fishing for multiple decades, possibly even for several centuries.
To find out how you can help or what is going on with local ghost fishing efforts, join us at our July dive club!
Special guest: Heather Hamza
Heather has been diving since 1993, originally certified in New York. After diving there for many years she moved to the west coast, and started diving in Southern California with her diving team Los Angeles Underwater Explorers. Heather became interested in GUE technical diving in 2009, and is now trained in cave, technical, and JJ-CCR diving. She began cleaning up ghost nets in 2010 and it wasn’t too long until she was recruiting teams and organizing trips. Heather loves all kinds of diving- recreational, technical, cave- but her favorite dives involve helping the ocean & protecting her treasures.
Ocean Adventures will provide the pizza and raffle prizes, please bring a refreshment of your choice.
Dive Club meetings are like a monthly Happy Hour full of divers! It’s a great way for you to meet new dive buddies and say hello to some old ones! *Due to some scheduling conflicts, our meetings are now on the third Thursday of the month. We hope to see you there!
Heather Hamza, Ghost Fishing
Ocean Adventures Dive Club Meeting
Ocean Adventures Dive Co, 4144 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey
Thursday, July 20th
Socialize & shop
Ghost Fishing presentation
Pizza, Raffle & more socializing