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Region:    Asia, Americas, Australasia & the Pacific

Developing an APEC Best Practices Framework and StakeholderWorkshop to Address Abandoned, Lost or Discarded Fishing Gear APEC Region

Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) and Ocean Outcomes - Project Dates:
March 2021 - March 2022

Description of Project:
The goal of this project was to raise awareness about abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) and aquatic debris from aquaculture operations in APEC member economies. In particular it would identify key actions and strategies relevant to APEC member economies; and build capacity to address ALDFG in the region. The project included two tasks:  development of an APEC Best Practices Framework document and execution of a stakeholder workshop to address ALDFG for APEC member economies. 

Services Provided:

Poseidon and NRC provided consultant services to the Ocean Conservancy to produce a Best Practices Guide for Management of Fishing Gear specific to APEC region and to execute a 3-day workshop for APEC members and stakeholders around the GGGI Best Practice Framework (BPF) for the management of Fishing Gears, the draft GGGI Best Practice Framework for the Management of Aquaculture Gear (ABPF); and the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Marking of Fishing Gears (VGMFG). Tim Huntington, Director of Poseidon, led the development of the best practices framework document and Joan Drinkwin, Vice President of NRC, led the workshop task. Both consultants supported each other in their respective tasks, with Tim assisting  with developing the objectives and agenda for the workshop to ensure its results informed the final guide.