Legal aspects of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear.
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The growing quantity of plastic waste in the marine environment, including abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), is a global problem. A particular feature of ALDFG is the potential for some gears to continue fishing for many months or even years after they have been left in the marine environment. This study examines the legal responses to ALDFG in the context of marine fisheries. Following a discussion on the nature of ALDFG and some of the reasons why fishing gear is abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded, the study examines the international community’s response to the problem. One key finding is that ALDFG is simultaneously a fishing problem, a maritime transport problem (regarding vessel source pollution) and an environmental problem resulting in the involvement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nation.....
PublisherFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and International Maritime Organization
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
CitationHodgson, S. (2022) Legal aspects of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear. Rome, Italy, FAO and IMO, 64pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4060/cb8071en
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