Emerald Sea Protection Society

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Mission Statement

To protect marine life and sensitive ecosystems from the devastating effects of abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear and marine debris through research, collaboration, gear removal projects and educational initiatives.

Description

RESEARCH

Bringing together sources of data that help build a picture of where we might find discarded fishing gear. Working out where the biggest problems are being caused and developing models that allow us to predict impact and location. As we build this library of information we will share it with any group to help build a collaborative body of work that helps minimize the problems of lost fishing gear. 

SURVEY

Testing our assumptions and models via dive surveys: once we have predicted the location of gear we survey underwater sites and collect real data. Through this testing we develop recovery methods and discover more about the impact of abandoned gear on marine ecosystems, as well as discover new sites where nets and other debris need to be removed.

RECOVER

Using commercial diving standards, we perform recovery of lost fishing gear and other marine debris in coastal and near coastal areas. We recover these items where possible and recycle as much of it as we can. Some items are simply too large to be retrieved by our dive team and vessel; in this case, we report the gear/debris location to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative Data Portal.

EDUCATE

Working with schools and participating in community events to help bring awareness to the issue locally and globally, and leveraging our social media channels to educate the public about this critical ocean issue.

RESEARCH

Bringing together sources of data that help build a picture of where we might find discarded fishing gear. Working out where the biggest problems are being caused and developing models that allow us to predict impact and location. As we build this library of information we will share it with any group to help build a collaborative body of work that helps minimize the problems of lost fishing gear. 

SURVEY

Testing our assumptions and models via dive surveys: once we have predicted the location of gear we survey underwater sites and collect real data. Through this testing we develop recovery methods and discover more about the impact of abandoned gear on marine ecosystems, as well as discover new sites where nets and other debris need to be removed.

RECOVER

Using commercial diving standards, we perform recovery of lost fishing gear and other marine debris in coastal and near coastal areas. We recover these items where possible and recycle as much of it as we can. Some items are simply too large to be retrieved by our dive team and vessel; in this case, we report the gear/debris location to the Global Ghost Gear Initiative Data Portal.

EDUCATE

Working with schools and participating in community events to help bring awareness to the issue locally and globally, and leveraging our social media channels to educate the public about this critical ocean issue.

Program Details


Primary Issue
Water
Secondary Issue
Pollution
Address
1994 West 4th ave
Vancouver, BC V6J1M5
Canada
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