Expanding Ghost Gear Clean-up

The Green Budget Coalition appreciated the federal government’s allocation of $8.3 million to help clean up ghost gear. However, we sense that this is unlikely to be sufficient to address the problem and achieve the government’s objectives.

In that context, the Green Budget Coalition recommends that the Government of Canada enhance its commitment to support coastal communities to clean up ghost gear and reduce impacts on wildlife, including endangered whales, by doubling its investment in the Sustainable Fisheries Solutions and Retrieval Support Contribution Program for innovation in rope-less gear and cleaning up ghost gear.

Recommended Investment:

$8 million in 2021-22 [DFO] (in addition to previously announced funds)

See also the recommendation regarding Helping Restaurants Reduce Reliance on Single-Use Plastics.

Gretchen Fitzgerald – gretchenf@sierraclub.ca