Who we are

Ghost Diving
is a registered charity founded in 2012 made up of volunteer technical divers who have specialized in the removal of lost fishing gear and other marine debris since 2009. The organization was previously 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.

With our headquarters based in the Netherlands, our volunteer divers operate within country specific Ghost Diving chapters.

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