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Remembering Joanna Toole – of Exmouth and the Global Ghost Gear Initiative

  • by JW

A real problem for the seas is the plastic pollution from ‘ghost gear’:



Ghost gear refers to any fishing gear that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded, and is the most harmful form of marine debris.

There are many reasons why fishing gear can be lost or abandoned, including severe weather, snags beneath the surface, conflict with other gear, interaction with other vessels and, rarely, intentional discard when no other options are available.

Global Ghost Gear Initiative



A new initiative has been set up, “to drive solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide:”

Global Ghost Gear Initiative | World Animal Protection International


And a special award has just been created, in honour of Joanna Toole:

New award in memory of extraordinary ocean advocate Joanna Toole


Jo was from Exmouth and died in the Ethiopian airlines disaster in March on her way to a UN conference – as reported on Radio Exe:

 Award in memory of Exmouth campaigner


If you’d like to learn more or contribute to the Joanna Toole Foundation:

visit the website