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ANNOUCEMENT: COBSEA Presents: Combatting #Ghost Gear to Protect Marine Ecosystems

1 June, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 1 August, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EDT

COBSEA (Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia) has taken a significant step forward in addressing the critical issue of ghost gear with the launch of the highly anticipated ghost gear videos. These educational videos aim to raise awareness about the damaging impact of ghost gear on marine life and ecosystems, providing viewers with practical insights and actionable solutions.

Ghost gear, consisting of abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear, poses a grave threat to marine habitats and species. COBSEA’s video series offers a comprehensive approach to tackling this issue, covering topics such as preventive measures, retrieval techniques, and responsible recycling practices. By sharing this knowledge, COBSEA empowers individuals and organizations to take informed actions in protecting our oceans.

The ghost gear videos have been carefully translated into 9 languages, including Chinese, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Khmer, Korean, Malay, Thai, and Vietnamese, to ensure that the message reaches a wider audience. This multilingual approach is intended to engage individuals from various backgrounds and cultures, fostering a global community dedicated to marine conservation.

In addition to the ghost gear videos, COBSEA has also hinted at the development of an upcoming Ghost Gear Toolbox. This comprehensive resource, currently in progress, will serve as a centralized hub of information, equipping stakeholders with in-depth knowledge, practical tools, and best practices to combat ghost gear effectively. The toolbox will provide accessible resources to empower individuals and communities to make a tangible impact in safeguarding marine ecosystems.


The Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) is a regional intergovernmental mechanism bringing together nine countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Viet Nam) in development and protection of the marine environment and coastal areas of East Asian Seas. COBSEA is one of 18 Regional Seas programmes, administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat is hosted by Thailand.

To watch the COBSEA Ghost Gear Videos available in 9 languages, please visit:











Stay tuned for the official release of COBSEA’s upcoming Ghost Gear Toolbox.

Be sure to share these invaluable resources with your networks and join COBSEA in the mission to create a future where our oceans are free from the devastating impact of ghost gear.


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