Our challenges

Ghost Fishing

Coastal communities across the splendid Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada live primarily from commercial shellfish and pelagic fishing activities.

Most fishers care about the ocean, but working on the water in various weather systems, in a competitive fishery, on boats equipped with propellers, can be important factors contributing to the global growing phenomenon known as ADLF: abandoned, derelict or lost fishing gear.

Once a trap/pot or a net is no longer controlled by a fisher, it can needlessly entangle, capture or snag target and non-target species such as fish, marine mammals or corals. In turn, this often attracts scavengers who can get caught, thus creating a vicious death cycle. 

Ghost fishing also bears an economical cost for the shellfish industry. Fishers must replace their traps, ropes and buoys but the greatest loss to this fishery is the reduction of crustacean resources. Legal sized lobsters that die cannot be harvested, representing a significant decrease in landings.

Marine Debris

Oceans worldwide are filled with litter. The beautiful beaches of the remote Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada are no exception. Daily tides bring in ocean trash such as plastic bottles, caps, utensils, toys and straws, Mylar & latex balloons, polystyrene takeaway containers, cigarette butts, toxic household products, metal cans, electronics, batteries, clothing, oil containers and tires. Ghost fishing debris such as oilskins (rainwear), ropes, gloves, traps, boots, nets, styrene & plastic buoys and much, much more!

Marine debris greatly affects tourism and the economy in several countries; and if we do not change our ways, it could soon impact our short tourist season.

This growing phenomenon needs to be addressed at the source. Therefore, how we manage our garbage as coastal communities, the litter-bug mentality, where items can be recycled, which types of products we purchase: ocean-friendly versus toxic, and bulk versus over-packaged, as well as where dangerous products can be disposed of in a safe manner -far from our oceans.

Reducing our dependence on plastic!

Single-use plastic products and packaging have invaded our store shelves. Their marketing strategy is to save you time by ''throwing away'' the item once you are done, but in reality, there is NO AWAY! 

Through mismanaged waste, littering, wind storms and rain falls, many disposable products find their way into sewers, rivers and eventually end up polluting our oceans.

Vibrant ocean-lovers globally are creating innovative solutions and sustainable product designs to counter our plastic addiction. 

Need help finding eco-friendly alternatives to everyday plastic objects? Our German counterpart  Beach Cleaner has a wonderfully informative site to get you started!