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Divers Removing Old Fishing Nets

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by JohnQPS122, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. JohnQPS122

    JohnQPS122 Nassau Grouper

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    Here's a neat little story about commercial divers removing discarded fishing nets - thanks to some economic stimulus package funding.

    Stimulus money pays fishermen to snare lost nets - CNN.com

    I might refrain from complaining about government spending for 24 hours in honor of that.

    Okay, maybe 12 hours. :D
     
  2. Andy077

    Andy077 Nassau Grouper

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    yeah, until three months from now when pelosi, obama, reid and crew start paying fishermen to drop more nets!
     
  3. meierdierck

    meierdierck Instructor, Scuba

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    at least a little of the $$$ went to something other than auto industry, wall street, and banks, maybe we could get a little stimulus money and wrap lawyers and politicians in the nets, sink 'em and create a self sustaining, organic reef/ fish feeder would solve our biggestg problem and reinvigorate fish at the same time
     
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

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    Hope that stimulus money reaches groups like Kurt Lieber's Ocean Defenders Alliance. We're still trying to remove the rest of the net from the wreck of the squid boat Infidel which sank due to the captain's greed to pull in one more haul apparently with the load in his boat unbaffled causing the vessel to list and sink.
     
  5. JohnQPS122

    JohnQPS122 Nassau Grouper

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  6. imwright1985

    imwright1985 Manta Ray

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    Umm.... wasnt it commercial fishermen that caused the nets to be there in the first place, and the "ghost" traps you find at times. they should regulate commercial net sales and fine people that arnt either rigging a new boat or replacing damaged nets (most of the net needing turned in upon purchase or face a fine) Its great that they are trying to clean up the ocean but to kinda reward people that may have been careless about the nets and added to the waste in the first place I find kinda reduculous
     
  7. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

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    I agree that commercial fishing vessels should be held accountable for "ghost" nets. The owner or the insurance company should have been required to pay for the removal of the net from thew Infidel in our waters. Why should we divers have to expend so much effort to clean up after them?

    There have been proposals to have nets sold with identification labels so that when they are discovered abandoned, they can be traced back to the owner.
     
  8. NWGratefulDiver

    NWGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Most of these nets have been down for decades ... they don't disintegrate quickly at all, and they continue to trap and kill continuously. Many of the dive sites I frequent are covered in these things, and they're not just a hazard to divers, but to the schools of fish and birds (yes ... birds) that frequent these sites.

    There's been a volunteer effort going on for years to identify and remove ghost nets in Puget Sound ... but the sheer volume of nets is daunting.

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
  9. Gilldiver

    Gilldiver Loggerhead Turtle

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    SOme times they are from other Nations. A few years ago we were watching a video of the Doria off of Nantucket with a guy named Ivar Babb at the National Underwater Research Center (NURC) at UCONN, he took one look at a net shown in the video and said it was Russian.
     
  10. Dr Neil

    Dr Neil Instructor, Scuba

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    I must be the same stimulus pot of money paying some watermen in the lower Chesapeake to recover old crab pots.
     

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