Ghost-net busters are entering a new era of hunting and removal – Kitsap Sun

Chris Dunagan gives us a great overview of the ongoing project of the NW Straits Foundation, which helps fund our Marine Resources Committees in the North Sound. This is good news for all of us for removing a legacy going back probably 50 years.

Chris Dunagan in Watching Our Water Ways writes: “My mind is unable to grasp, in any meaningful way, how much death and destruction was caused by fishing nets that were lost and abandoned through the years. Nearly 6,000 of these so-called “ghost nets” have been pulled from the waters of Puget Sound over the past 17 years. Until removed, they keep on catching fish, crabs and many more animals to one degree or another….”

Ghost-net busters are entering a new era of hunting and removal 

Divers seek lost crab pots in Washington waters – Bellingham Herald

It’s amazing the scope of crab pot loss each year and the damage they do. This work, sponsored by the Northwest Straits Initiative, which funds our local Marine Resource Committees (of which I chair the Jefferson County MRC), has uncovered an enormous problem and is in the process of solving it. A big win for Washington and our habitat. 

— Over 12,000 crab pots are lost in Washington state’s Puget Sound every year, costing an estimated $700,000 in lost harvest revenue, and more poignantly, damaging the sea floor environment. Using sonar to find the pots, divers and scientists venture into the waters to clean up and learn why pots are lost

 
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