drift net dangers
Posted 04 January 2008 - 10:58 AM
Posted 04 January 2008 - 02:59 PM
Looks like a sink gillnet set for white sea bass. Illegal, since the inshore fishery was shut down a while back, IIRC.
If anybody ever has the misfortune of coming across one of these, I'd suggest getting the hell out of there ASAP, before you get entangled. BUT, if you happen to see any tags on the gear (usually on the anchor line or side of a net panel) that identify the permit. It won't be a name, it'll be a number. Write down the number and let NMFS or DFG or the USCG know about it.
I'm pretty sure most gillnet permits require the holder to place such tags on each panel of a gillnet. That way there's some chance of finding a lost net and/or finding the owner of lost/abandoned net.
Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:15 PM
It's news like this that makes me want to dive with a knife in the BC again.
Then again I also see that in shark nets.
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