AR-News: Abandoned net traps, kills seals, other wildlife
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Wed Sep 24 16:43:44 EDT 2003
Abandoned net traps, kills seals, other wildlife
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER STAFF
An abandoned gillnet that may have been floating in Chuckanut Bay near
Bellingham for at least a month was found with three dead seals, crabs and a
Myron Hawkins and other officers with the state Department of Fish and
Wildlife retrieved the net Saturday afternoon near Chuckanut Rock. The net
was floating on the surface but caught below the water, possibly on a rock.
Kayaker Jim Green reported the fishing net to the Coast Guard after finding
it adrift Friday between Dot Island and a rocky outcropping in Chuckanut
Bay. Hawkins said neighbors told him that the net was in the water for
nearly a month.
"But this was the first time that anyone had seen fit to do something about
it," Hawkins said.
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