|Ghost fishing in European waters: Impacts and management responses|
Brown, J.; Macfadyen, G. (2007). Ghost fishing in European waters: Impacts and management responses. Mar. Policy 31(4): 488-504
In: Marine Policy. Pergamon: Guildford. ISSN 0308-597X, more
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In this paper we review levels of net loss, what happens to the gear once it has been lost, and the resulting levels of ‘ghost catches’ made in passive net fisheries in the EU. We also consider ghost catches resulting from lost gear in other types of fisheries, and the extent to which the value of ghost catches has been quantified. We consider why fishing gear is lost, and profile common management responses. We present a cost benefit model to assess the relative cost effectiveness of different management measures, and suggest that gear retrieval programmes may provide less value for money than other management responses.