Ghost gear refers to any fishing equipment or fishing-related litter that has been abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded; also referred to as ‘derelict fishing gear’ and/or ‘fishing litter’ Global Ghost Gear Initiative, 2015 www.ghostgear.org
I recently received contact from a local organisation that I'd never heard about before, but I now believe them to be one of the most important organisations operating in Brighton. They are the World Cetacean Alliance (www.worldcetaceanalliance.org) and they are the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) in the world's oceans. WOW!
The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) put out the word to local Brighton artists to come together to consider an artists brief to bring focus to the specific issue of Ghost Gear - lost fishing gear in the seas which goes on to litter the oceans and tangle up the oceans whales, dolphins, porpoises, crabs, lobsters, fish and so on. Ghost gear is pretty terrible stuff, and you'll find it washing up on Brighton beach every time you take a walk - once you've noticed it you can un-notice it. The WCA are hoping to raise awareness to and funds for this issue. And I wanted to help. So I am going to try my best.
They are calling for artists to create a piece of work (sculpture, collage, photography, jewellery, etc) incorporating ghost netting, which will be used to raise awareness of the problem of ghost gear in our seas, and which will be auctioned to raise funds for WCA’s campaign.
I am at the beginning of this journey - I have my handful of hideous ghost netting from Brighton beach (see below!) and I'm off!... This project combines my passion for artistic enquiry and environmental protections. It's ideal, and I'm already looking forward to it!