Technical Reports


Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 13.27.39“High mortality of Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in ghost nets in the central Indian Ocean” – a technical report compiled by the Olive Ridley Project and the Marine Research Centre (MRC), funded by the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem. The report highlights the issue of ghost gear in the Indian Ocean. The report was presented at the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) 10th Working Party on Ecosystem and Bycatch held in Japan.



 Posters & Leaflets

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 14.28.00Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 15.01.09The Olive Ridley Project and the Marine Research Centre, funded by the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem, produced a leaflet to highlight the number of Olive Ridley’s entangled in ghost gear between 1988 – 2014. Available in both English and Dhivehi. Thanks to Susie Gibson for the graphic design.





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This poster entitled “High Number of Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Ghost Nets in the Indian Ocean” was displayed at the 35th International Sea Turtle Symposium in Turkey. This poster brought the problem of ghost gear to the scientific turtle community. ORP’s founder Martin Stelfox also gave a short presentation at the Indian ocean Regional meeting on the need for collaboration in data collection.








ORP Ghost Gear Cycle

This poster shows the devastating cycle of ghost gear if it reaches the open ocean. This was developed through the financial support of The Rufford Foundation. It was used to educate local divers and fishers on the cycle of the problem in Pakistan. If you would like a high res version of this please contact us at and we will be happy to send it to you..






Books & Atlas

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 16.29.51“The Olive Ridley Project year one” is a info-graphic booklet that describes ORP’s first year results in graphic format. This was presented at the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) first round table in Slovenia. The GGGI is a global alliance of NGO’s, IGO’s, Private sector, and fishers working towards preventing ghost gear on a global scale. We are a dedicated member of the GGGI and represent the few organisations from the Indian Ocean region. We thank our funders Global Blue and our technical partners IUCN for the making of this booklet.




Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 18.10.04The “Atlas of the Maldives A Comprehensive Inventory of Organisms affected by Ghost Nets in the Maldives” was produced with the help of the IUCN, funded through Global Blue. This Atlas documents all organism that have been positively identified entangled or associated with ghost nets in the Maldives. This Atlas is always updated and if you would like to report a confirmed interaction with a ghost net in the Maldives please do not hesitate to contact us.





Stelfox, M., Balson, D., and Hudgins J. (2014) Olive Ridley Project: Actively Fighting Ghost Nets in the Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean Sea Turtle Newsletter. No 19. Pg 23 – 26


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