Project Baseline Oslo removes huge trawler net: Latest news from www.ghostfishing.org

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Divers from Project Baseline Oslo spend their leisure time to clean up the Oslo Fjord, and in late October they removed a ghost net off Askholmen near the Oslofjorden. – We are talking about a huge trawler net (shrimp net), so it was a huge logistical task. Although there certainly are plenty nets left there, we feel it’s important to do what we can. While the net removed, we find that we can raise awareness of the problem, at least locally, explains project manager Edward Smith of Project Baseline Oslo.

The purpose of the group is to monitor the environment in the Oslofjord and help clean up, and at the end of October, they did just that outside Askholmene.

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The trawler net was removed in two operations. A survey dive was made, and at the same time the net was towed into shallow waters.

The sight that met the divers at approximately 20-30 meter was a huge net stretched out along the seabed. Parts of the net was floating in the water and looked like it could engage in fishing on their own, they wrote in a statement.

On the second dive the net was gathered into a heap, curling into a ball. Lift bags and an oil drum made sure the net got extra lift. The net was towed land and was later picked up by crews from Nesodden county.

I’ve heard arguments that such fishing gear not fishing at the sea bottom, but we can refute this. There were both fish and lobster in the net we raised, and the top of the net floated freely in the water and stood ready to fish.

What happens is that fish get stuck in the net and they die. Lobster and crab move in to eat the fish, with the result that they get stuck, says Smith.

According to the project manager the Directorate of Fisheries recorded between 900-1000 ghost nets of various kinds each year. Essentially it involves nets from commercial fishermen. About half of them are reported, the rest have been found through other channels. – See more at: http://www.ghostfishing.org/project-baseline-oslo-removes-huge-trawler-net/#sthash.WT8r0R0x.dpuf

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman is the Conservation editor and also the Underwater Videography Editor for Scubaverse.com. Jeff is an award winning TV wildlife and underwater cameraman and film maker. With over 10,000 dives to his credit he has dived in many different environments around the world.

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