Fishing Nets in Lake Wa.

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Fishing Nets in Lake Wa.

Post by mattwave » Mon Jul 30, 2007 3:44 pm

Ok so I read a post from another thread about fishing net remnants on a wreck in the lake, after which I finish a scooter dive we do in the lake where the biggest net is suspended from who knows where and is as frightening as anything I have seen underwater. Having it pop out of nowhere when on full trigger is downright unnerving.

Why are the nets there?
Any ideas or facts regarding netting in the lake?

I had heard from a fisheries employee a few years back when we first came across an ugly net in the lake, he said that the Dept of Fisheries are searching for evidence of foreign fish and they might be using nets.
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Re: Fishing Nets in Lake Wa.

Post by Sounder » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:02 pm

mattwave wrote:Ok so I read a post from another thread about fishing net remnants on a wreck in the lake, after which I finish a scooter dive we do in the lake where the biggest net is suspended from who knows where and is as frightening as anything I have seen underwater. Having it pop out of nowhere when on full trigger is downright unnerving.

Why are the nets there?
Any ideas or facts regarding netting in the lake?

I had heard from a fisheries employee a few years back when we first came across an ugly net in the lake, he said that the Dept of Fisheries are searching for evidence of foreign fish and they might be using nets.
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I had a flash-back to when I was learning to drive having my father say "don't out drive your headlights." Guess that could apply to a scoot and HID. :pale:
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Post by mattwave » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:12 pm

Good thing I have a 35W
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Post by Sounder » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:13 pm

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Post by dsteding » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:27 pm

Only thing it can be is the tribal net fishery for sockeye . . .

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Post by mattwave » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:29 pm

Ok, good to know.
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Post by dsteding » Mon Jul 30, 2007 4:37 pm

If it is worth it, I'd bring it to the attention of WDFW. At least ask them what their policy is on derilict fishing gear . . .

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Post by Joshua Smith » Mon Jul 30, 2007 8:49 pm

dsteding wrote:If it is worth it, I'd bring it to the attention of WDFW. At least ask them what their policy is on derilict fishing gear . . .


And who's to say WHO, exactly, cut that net to ribbons with their shears, anyway? Coulda been anyone. :evil4:
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Post by gcbryan » Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:16 pm

Nailer99 wrote:
dsteding wrote:If it is worth it, I'd bring it to the attention of WDFW. At least ask them what their policy is on derilict fishing gear . . .


And who's to say WHO, exactly, cut that net to ribbons with their shears, anyway? Coulda been anyone. :evil4:


Good luck if we're talking about gillnets!

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Post by peo » Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:55 pm

Matt, which wreck was this on? One of the well-known ones?

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Post by dsteding » Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:33 am

There is a derelict gear removal program, but it is aimed at marine waters.

My guess is that efforts will continue to be focussed on marine waters because (a) there is more potential for entanglement of other species and (b) there is likely way more derelict gear in the sound.

That being said, the above page has a reporting function, so it may not be a bad idea to report derelict gear in Lake Washington to at least get it on WDFW's radar screen.

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Post by mattwave » Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:43 am

peo wrote:Matt, which wreck was this on? One of the well-known ones?


The dive was excellent! We did notice some netting on the vessel when we crossed over the deck ... I was a bit surprised, as I didn't realize there was any commercial fishing going on in Lake Washington (what in blazes would they be fishing for?). "Quoted" from recent thread

Re: Doug, Yah Nets suck, do you think contacting them could help?
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Post by dsteding » Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:36 am

I do think reporting derelict gear can help. Here is why:

WDFW is aware that it is an entanglement hazard for both swimmers and divers. They, like us, probably assume it is mostly an issue for marine waters.

The sockeye drift net fishery is an on-again-off-again fishery depending on sockeye returns at Ballard Locks. It isn't a huge fishery, so there shouldn't be too much in the way of abandoned gear. But, by bringing it to WDFW's attention we at least give them an opportunity to do something about it.

If we don't speak up, no one will know it is an issue, and nothing will get done. If we do speak up, it is quite possible nothing will happen, but at least we've spoken up . . .

The link I posted had both a phone number and an online form to fill out to report things. I'd encourage people to do so for both marine and freshwater areas.

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Post by CaptnJack » Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:29 pm

Its a big time fishery in even numbered years. I didn't realize there were old nets though.

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Post by straitscuba » Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:10 pm

The fisherman are supposed to be responsible for removing their own derilect nets but it never happens. :angryfire: I float over nets that have gotten loose in the rivers all the time. They should be cut up or removed if it can be done safely. Gillnets will continue to "Ghost Fish" for years and are indescriminate killers! :angryfire: I doubt that WDFW or the Derelict Gear Removal Program will do much about it, they are flooded with calls on derelict gear and priority goes to bigger nets, there are lost trawl nets all over the sound.

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