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Victoria, BC

Andrew Polanyi

Project Lead

Detection and retrieval of ghost fishing gear with sonar and AI.

Project Description

For their Ocean Action Grant they set out on a project called “Victoria Ghost Fishing Gear Retrieval Project” where they brought together volunteers around Victoria, BC to help clean the ocean. During this project they completed three beach cleanups, collecting more than 300 lbs of marine debris (Plastic, styrofoam, aluminium, ropes, buoys, pieces of boats, vapes, dog balls, used engine oil containers, metal, cigarettes, and more). They also completed four days on the boat detecting ghost gear, where they located 43 underwater traps and 7 ropes. This project was a huge success and it was very eye opening to see the amount of debris found both on the beaches and underwater.


This project has been created in commemoration of the lives of all the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, including two Ocean Bridge ambassadors, Danielle Moore and Micah Messent. We aspire to carry on their legacy and commitment to making the world a better place by creating long-lasting impacts with a firm commitment to driving positive change for the environment and our ocean. We will never forget the light that Danielle and Micah brought to the world and will continue to keep them in our hearts. To learn more about these two amazing people, please visit: Honouring Danielle and Micah  – Ocean Wise. This work is partially funded by the Commemoration Fund for Victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Tragedy.

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