Snagging nets

Sep 01 2010

Sea Dragon team reported in today with wind speeds up to 30kts in short squall gusts. Boat moving at 9 kts straight and smooth ENE toward the Brazilian Islands of Trindad and Vaz. These two volcanic outposts sit like rock sentinels 800+ miles out in the open Atlantic. The trawl, despite being less than half a meter across, is already snagging some major league debris. Look at this shot below-

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This is the remains of derelict fishing gear. Such synthetic cast off presents a near perfect opportunity to entangle marine life. Just as our trawls hook this stuff, so can sea turtles, whales, sharks and coral when it comes inshore. We know to expect this in the center of gyres. What is striking is that they are already seeing so much of it. Not good. :(