The Joanna Toole Ghost Gear
The accolade is
given to projects that submit the most compelling ways to tackle
abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear, also known as ghost gear.
I was not able to
publicly identify in our last newsletter, the winners of the 2021
round, now administered as a component of Ocean Conservancy's Small
Grants Program, now I can: Two innovative initiatives, which are paving the
way to protect our ocean’s wildlife, were selected as the winners
of the third annual Joanna Toole Ghost Solutions Award.
The combined value
of the prize was USD 40,000 which was shared between –
The Myanmar Ocean
Project http://www.myanmarocean.org/ and
Restoration Society (CRS). https://www.coastrestore.com/
That was the last
year of World Animal Protection's sponsorship. the Trustees of the
Joanna Toole Foundation thank them for their support for Joanna's
The fourth annual
round (2022) is already complete and GGGI/Ocean Conservancy have
announced NP Junior Rangers Uganda Limited (UJR), a non-profit
organisation based in Kampala:
as the winners of this very important
award. The funders for this year are the Norwegian Government.
In the words of
Ranger's mission is to stop fishing gear pollution in Lake Victoria
and clean up ALDFG from Lake Victoria, Uganda. We want to accomplish
this by educating the youth about the impact of this pollution to
their aquatic environment and livelihood, and engage local (fishers)
communities to take action.'
For more information go to the GGGI Website:
Your Trustees, who have capital set aside for this, are in
discussions with GGGI/Ocean Conservancy about our funding for this prize
starting next year.