The Joanna Toole Ghost Gear
The Joanna Toole Annual Ghost Gear Solutions Award is made possible by support from World Animal Protection, the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Ocean Conservancy. and continues the work started by Claire, Joanna, and the team at World Animal Protection.
Joanna was a devoted animal lover, who dedicated her professional life to this work. This yearly award is a key component of the many initiatives that we plan to keep her legacy and mission alive. Jo is our guide and inspiration in this work and the Trustees thank World Animal Protection, Ocean Conservancy and the GGGI for their contribution to the award.
I was pleased to be part of the 1st stage of the judging process; the final decisions were taken by an Expert Advisory Council convened by GGGI.
The 2020 award was augmented, as was the 2019, with a donation from an anonymous donor, a different and again there are two winners.
Alas there have Covid-related delays to the contractual arrangements and I am unable to release the names of the winners but I can tell you that they comprise different project methods for tackling Ghost Gear in wildly different environments. I will send out a special newsletter to you as soon as I am able.
In 2021 the award is again financed by World Animal Protection but in 2022 the Joanna Toole Foundation will be managing and funding this on our own.