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Discarded, lost, or abandoned fishing gear (ghost gear) left in the marine environment can have ecological, safety, and economic consequences to the area. Rhode Island has an active commercial and recreational fishery. Fishermen report thousands of abandoned traps and piles of ghost gear near Rhode Island fishing ports and coastal waters. In partnership with commercial fishermen and other stakeholders, the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation will be starting a ghost gear removal program in Narragansett Bay in January 2023. Please join us learn about the removal and recycle plan, and have your questions answered about the project activities in the Bay and the ports next year.