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Napi’s Lecture: Ghost Gear Comes to Life

April 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Ghost Gear Comes to Life
Presentation by Laura Ludwig, Project Coordinator of the Marine Debris & Plastics Program, Center for Coastal Studies

Commercial lobsterman and project partner Keith Hagen hauling up derelict lobster gear in Cape Cod Bay.

“Ghost gear” is fishing gear — lobster pots, rope, net, fishing line, et cetera — that is lost or abandoned at sea, irretrievable except by a concerted recovery effort. Hear about the Center for Coastal Studies’ history of working with commercial fishermen to remove, document and recycle ghost gear found in Cape Cod Bay.

About the presenter: Laura Ludwig directs projects at the Center for Coastal Studies which focus on derelict fishing gear (DFG) and marine plastic pollution. She initiated the Marine Debris & Plastics Program in 2012, featuring an interdisciplinary approach to investigate microplastics, beach debris, abandoned, lost or derelict fishing gear, and other plastics initiatives. Laura has presented on her DFG recovery work at state, regional and international conferences. She regularly presents on marine debris and plastics and consults on municipal plastics regulations for plastic bags, polystyrene, straws and balloons. With the Provincetown Recycling and Renewable Energy Committee, Laura spearheaded the first plastic bag ban and first cigarette recycling program on the Cape.

FREE, all welcome! Come early to grab a seat and a bite to eat. Doors open at 5 pm. Held at Napi’s Restaurant, 7 Freeman St., Provincetown.

For details call 508-487-3622 x103 or email [email protected]

Thank you to Napi and Helen VanDerek for their on-going support of this lecture series and the Center for Coastal Studies.


April 24, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Napi’s Restaurant
7 Freeman Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
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