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What Lies Beneath

Fishing nets can get tangled around many things, such as kelp or rocks, and be left behind to wreak havoc for many years.

A diver cuts an abandoned fishing net loose so it can be hauled away.

Abandoned fishing gear such as this net can kills fish, birds and diving mammals looking for food.

These bird carcasses were found in abandoned fishing nets. The birds dive to find fish to eat and get tangled in the old nets.

Side-scanning sonar will help locate lost and abandoned fishing gear so it can be removed.

Eric Delvin, community conservation coordinator for The Nature Conservancy, on the Grays Harbor Derelict Gear Removal Project in September, 2011.


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