The Marine Institute's Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) received over $1 million in funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Ghost Gear Fund. This project, led by Mark Santos, aims to locate and retrieve fishing gear lost during Hurricane Fiona. The one-year initiative includes community engagement in southwest Newfoundland, involving MI staff and students, harvesters, Indigenous groups, and other community leaders.
The team, comprising Santos, students, and support from the MI's Centre for Applied Ocean Technology, will use technologies like side-scan sonar, multi-beam sonar, and remotely operated vehicles to detect and remove lost fishing gear from harbors, coves, and bays. The retrieved gear, including salvageable items like lobster and crab pots, will be stored securely and returned to owners or recycled. A collection site for ghost gear recycling will be set up near St. George's in collaboration with the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada.
Project partners include the Fishing Gear Coalition of Atlantic Canada, American Iron and Metal, Mi’kmaq Alsumk Mowimsikik Koqoey Association, and Real-Time Ocean Data Services Ltd. The project covers a portion of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, spanning from Cape St. George on the Port au Port Peninsula to the Town of Codroy