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Ghost Fishing, a well-known charity, is officially rebranding itself as Ghost Diving to make it easier for the public to understand what it does. In 2012, Pascal van Erp founded the Ghost Fishing organization, a non-profit that works with volunteer divers around the world to carry out environmental diving projects. Since its founding, they have managed to bring the ghost fishing problem into the public spotlight, through key international collaborations, breathtaking underwater photography and impressive results.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Ghost fishing is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned in the seas and oceans. It is estimated that 640,000 tons of fishing gear gets lost or abandoned in the seas and oceans each year. (UNEP/FAO, 2009). The issue was first brought to the attention of the world at the 16th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, in April 1985.
“Now that the problem is identified and well known, it’s time to focus on the solution. We-van Erp.
decided to rebrand our organization and bring the divers on center stage, as they are the
ones who recover the lost fishing gear, once it has been lost in the seas and oceans. They
deserve recognition for their truly heroic efforts”
Ghost Diving will keep some elements of the old logo, so fans of the volunteer chapters
throughout the world should not notice too much of a difference. The logo also includes the
tagline ‘Global Mission’, aiming at reinforcing their extrovert attitude. “Our goal is that in
only a matter of time our new name will become a generic term for all divers working to
remove ghost gear from wrecks, reefs or the seabed” says van Erp.
This change comes at a time when ghost gear has been identified as the biggest plastic
polluter in ocean.ii The Ghost Diving teams around the world are trained to combat this
pollution whether it’s found on shallow reefs or great depths. The name might have changed but the mission and core values of Ghost Diving stay the same.
For more information:
Pascal van Erp
Founder & Chairman, Ghost Diving
Phone: +31 6 27 88 88 83
A Message From GUE’s President During These Challenging Times
GUE President, Jarrod Jablonski extends well wishes and informs community of how COVID will affect GUE.
News from GUE HQ
I would like to offer my wishes for your safety and health during these challenging times. With most of the world heavily affected by the COVID-19 virus, I want to reiterate GUE’s sense of community and offer our wishes that each of you are able to minimize the impact of these difficult days.
Given the many complications, we are monitoring the virus progression and global health recommendations on a daily basis. Given the variability of restrictions and diversity of exposure risk across the world, GUE is not currently prohibiting dive training. However, we do suggest that each person take their personal situation into account and act based upon local rules, policies and implemented preventive measures. We urge you to consider the wellbeing and health of all involved. We are in direct communication with our instructors and working with them in support of class policies and training options that reduce transmission risk among those who remain desirous of undertaking training.
GUE divers wishing to postpone their training will receive an automatic extension to their registration grace period, allowing them to repurpose this fee to account for the time lost during the management of the virus. GUE will also extend the normal provisional window, allowing all students an opportunity to upgrade after the threat from the virus has receded. Your GUE instructor will work directly with you toward scheduling a new class and repurposing any deposits or fees paid for training. Please manage those costs directly with your instructor.
Please do contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
In the meantime please accept our heartfelt wishes for your well being. May you and yours remain safe and healthy.
Jarrod is an avid explorer, researcher, author, and instructor who teaches and dives in oceans and caves around the world. Trained as a geologist, Jarrod is the founder and president of GUE and CEO of Halcyon and Extreme Exposure while remaining active in conservation, exploration, and filming projects worldwide. His explorations regularly place him in the most remote locations in the world, including numerous world record cave dives with total immersions near 30 hours. Jarrod is also an author with dozens of publications, including three books.
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