Who we are


Ghost Diving is a registered charity organization of volunteer technical divers specialized in the removal of lost fishing gear and other marine debris since 2009. The organization was formerly known as Ghost Fishing foundation.

The issue of 'ghost fishing' was first brought to the attention of the world at the 16th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, in April 1985. Following a debate at COFI, the FAO Secretariat published an in-depth study of the problem. Our main goal is to exposes the problem of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) worldwide. We do this by removing this fishing gear and visualizing it to the public. After eight years of carrying out technical diving projects, our group of volunteer divers managed to bring the 'ghost fishing' phenomenon into the public spotlight, through key international collaborations, inspiring underwater photography and unparalleled results.


To this day, the Ghost Diving team has carried out diving projects independently or in collaboration with several international environmental and/or diving organizations like: Healthy Seas Foundation, Greenpeace, WWF, Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Global Underwater Explorers.

The volunteer divers operate within the following localized Ghost Diving chapters, which we are continuously expanding.

Our headquarters are based in the Netherlands.

  • Ghost Diving Adriatic
  • Ghost Diving Costa Brava
  • Ghost Diving Egypt
  • Ghost Diving Greece
  • Ghost Diving Korea
  • Ghost Diving Lake Iseo
  • Ghost Diving Lebanon
  • Ghost Diving Malta
  • Ghost Diving New Zealand
  • Ghost Diving Philippines
  • Ghost Diving Poland
  • Ghost Diving The Netherlands
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