Abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) includes netting, mono/multifilament lines, hooks, ropes, floats, buoys, sinkers, anchors, metallic materials and fish aggregating devices (FADs) made of non-biodegradable materials such as concrete, metal and polymers (MEPC 2020; FAO ISSCFG 2013). It has been estimated that global fishing gear losses each year include 5.7% of all fishing nets, 8.6% of all traps and 29% of all lines used (Richardson et al. 2019). ALDFG can have serious impacts on marine organisms through entanglement and ingestion.
From collection: Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics