In 2008, the Fundy North Fishermen’s Association began a project to identify and retrieve ‘ghost gear” (gear lost at sea) from the Bay of Fundy. From 2008 to 2015, a great deal of ghost gear was retrieved from the waters of the Bay of Fundy.  The two main sites for this project were Saint John Harbour and Head Harbour Passage (located between Deer Island and Campobello Island).  If you would like to read more about this project – and view the associated videos – please click on the links at the bottom of this page.

Fundy North was the recipient of the first ever Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Industry Award in 2009, for their Ghost Gear retrieval efforts in Saint John Harbour.

“Lost at Sea: A Ghost Gear Retrieval Manual” chronicles the history of our Ghost Gear retrieval project, from identifying the need and developing the gear, to the su
ccessful completion of the retrieval project in the Saint John Harbour and Head Harbour Passage.  This manual also provides valuable instructions/advice for fishermen looking to retrieve Ghost Gear in their areas.  The video “Ghost Gear Retrieval in the Bay of Fundy” documents the fascinating story of the Ghost Gear project in the Bay of Fundy.   “Roger’s Grapnel” is an interesting instructional video with lots of good advice and safety tips regarding grapnels and how to use them.  If anyone would like a hard copy of the manual, including a DVD with the two videos, please contact the Fundy North office to obtain one.

Ghost Gear Retrieval Manual

Film: Ghost Gear in the Bay of Fundy

Film: Roger’s Grapnel