by NOAA Marine Debris Program
On Friday, February 26th, the NOAA Marine Debris Program and its partners held an event in Waretown, New Jersey, to highlight an exciting *derelict crab pot removal effort in Barnegat Bay. The event highlighted a project, led by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and supported by a NOAA Marine Debris Program Community-based Marine Debris Removal grant, which is working to identify, retrieve, and inventory over 1,000 derelict crab pots from Barnegat Bay, N.J.
* Derelict crab pots are a common source of entanglement for whales. "While less deadly to marine life than abandoned fishing nets, derelict pots take a toll on coastal crab, rockfish and other species for years after they are lost. Marine mammals, including humpback whales, have become entangled in crab lines – sometimes with lethal result," writes the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A video from Puget Sound: