Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Project to Remove Derelict Crab Pots in Barnegat Bay

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:

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