©TheAustinWay Methodology 

Through targeted ROV extraction of GHOST GEAR with minimum impact to sensitive habitat. We aim to replace habitat that is sometimes removed in the retrieval process by installing various artificial marine habitat structures and participation in nature enhancement projects.


Ghost Gear Retrieval Training

GHOST GEAR DISAPPEAR INC. is committed to using techniques that minimize harm to marine and coastal habitat.

Integration of sophisticated ROV and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to collect and analyze our data.

We offer customized packages for Ghost Gear Retrieval and Professional Retrieval Trainings. In our SHOP you can find some of our tried and tested Underwater ROV options.

We can manage your Ghost Gear Retrieval missions or provide ROV Training and Ghost Gear Hot-Spot mapping and Retrieval Training based on ©TheAustinWay Methodology. As each marine or coastal areas demands unique approach, equipment and mission set up, we encourage you to get in touch with us to help you with customized package that suits your needs.

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©TheAustinWay Method a combination of 30 years knowledge, new technology ROV's and restoration efforts. We want to give you the tools to see the full picture for new generation fishers’ legacy.

Traditionally, a grappling hook or towbars were dragged along the bottom in the last know location of lost gear in the hope of snagging a rope or net. We consider this method as very damaging to certain areas and marine habitat since towing anything across sensitive sea bottom injures species and degrades or destroys plant species and habitat structures.

Instead - with ©TheAustinWay we scan areas using sonar, and once targets are found, then an ROV is sent down to investigate with live 4K video capabilities. Once we identify the target as ALDFG* (Abandoned, Lost or Discargded Fishing Gear, known also as Ghost Gear) then the ROV attaches the “magic hook” and tether and surfaces with the ALDFG*. Nothing is dragged along the bottom and Ghost Gear is removed with minimal disruption to habitat.

This is the most environmentally beneficial method we have contrived so far, but we intend to continue to innovate and upgrade as newer technologies become available. Habitat protection and improvement is our main objective.



©TheAustinWay Methodology

  • Ghost Gear Locate

    Ghost Gear Locate #TheAustinWay

    Side scan sonar is used for large scale mapping. Once targets are identified ROVs are deployed to determine best retrieval methodology based on Visual and Artificial Intelligence analyses. Retrieval Procedure follows each Hot-Spot site according to the affected habitat. We can find the right answers.
  • Ghost Gear Retrieval

    Ghost Gear Retrieval #TheAustinWay

    Nothing is dragged along the bottom and ALDFG* is removed with minimal disruption to habitat. This is the most environmentally beneficial method we have contrived so far.
  • Ghost Gear Disposal

    Ghost Gear Replace #TheAustinWay

    Reef Ball technology are the backbone of our restoration and protection efforts and are by far the most used and recognized designed reef structure in the world. Check out our Artificial Reef section for more details.