International Workshop on Prevention of Abandoned, Lost or Otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG)
International Workshop on
Prevention of Abandoned, Lost or Otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG)
Organizer：Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF)
Marine plastic pollution is now a global problem which threatens the sustainability of our oceans for the future generations. Among various types of plastic materials which run into our ocean, the derelict fishing gear, also known as ALDFG or ghost gear, is one of
the most abundant and problematic types. The use of fishing gear is essential for livelihood support and food security for many oceanic countries, but once they get lost to the environment, they cause devastating consequences such as causing deaths of endangered marine species and reducing already-depleted fish stocks by ghost fishing.
Despite of its serious consequences, the efforts to reduce ALDFG are falling behind, and the ALDFG issues have not caught wide-enough attention in the society. One of the reasons is that, as we have found out, the derelict fishing gear tends to travel over long distance and pollutes distant areas of the ocean, thus the causer and the victim are geographically separated. Therefore, international coordination and collaboration are needed to solve this issue.
East Asian countries are among the leading fishing nations in the world and also big consumers of the seafood. As such, ALDFG is a common and immediate threat for us all. The symposium aims to address the present conditions of ALDFG in the East Asia region, to share the knowledge, good practices, and lessons learned on how to tackle the ALDFG, and to build the relationship on which future international cooperation can be developed.
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