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Each year during the salmon fishing season, gillnets get away from fishing boats and end up on reefs where they continue to catch and kill many species of fish, invertebrates, marine birds and mammals.

This video tells the story about a simple initiative on the Pacific Coast that is helping to reduce the impact.

Message to Canadians: Local initiatives can be very effective and do not need large budgets. Their impact can be immediate and visible.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans/projects/healthy-oceans/pacific-ocean-stories/volunteer-derelict-gill-net-removal-initiative/

By Peter Mieras

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12 Comments

Jul 06, 2013
7:04 AM

Gillnets rank beside bottom trawling and salmon farms as among the greatest threats to sustainable seas. The U.S. ought to have the sense to ban them, since fisherman won’t take this sensible step themselves. The only place these nets have a place is, perhaps, at terminal salmon fisheries (where artificially raised salmon return to the pen nets where they were raised). They need to be off main-stem rivers and out of the oceans. Thanks for the article.

Nov 12, 2012
1:28 AM

It's wonderful to see how people will use their own time and resources to cleanup the environment and leave it a safer place for all marine life. Thanks for your hard work!

Nov 09, 2012
1:54 AM

Keep up the good work!

Oct 28, 2012
10:06 PM

Awesome work, Peter! Congratulations! I am thrilled that someone would take the time to look after our marine invertebrates and rockfish, who by no fault of their own, would have died without your assistance. This is a great collaborative effort with DFO and the gill-netters. Best regards, Sheila.

Oct 19, 2012
9:15 AM

Absolutely fantastic idea and initiative!

Oct 19, 2012
8:44 AM

amazing video, great work Peter

Oct 19, 2012
7:09 AM

Another job well done..thank you Peter!

Oct 19, 2012
2:46 AM

An example of what Peter and Kathy are doing all the time. This looks like a lot of work but it's great to see these nets removed rather than being left to mess up the reefs and maybe even snag divers not to mention the wildlife that gets caught up in them.

Oct 18, 2012
11:21 AM

Swim free crab swim free!!

Oct 18, 2012
10:12 AM

Way to go Peter and Kathy!

Oct 18, 2012
12:19 AM

Good job!

Oct 17, 2012
4:08 PM

Great to see the positive effects of stewardship by members of the British Columbia dive industry.

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