Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Puget Sound Fishermen Turning to Ancient Selective Gear

Seattle Times Photo

The ancient practice of reefnetting, a method of seining fish using two boats targeting groups of moving fish is booming this year in Puget Sound. For the fishermen the obvious benefit is, the fish come to the boat without the damage that a purse seine or gill net can inflict, but wild fish benefit too. Typically unharmed by the nets, wild fish and non-target species are released quickly giving them a high probability of recovery. Fishermen get a higher price for their product and the fisheries can potentially remain open longer with less bycatch. Throughout the state selective fisheries are increasingly viewed as an important step towards harvest reform that can protect wild stocks while ensuring a future for our commercial fishing sector and it is extremely encouraging to see the practice of reefnetting still hanging on in parts of the commercial salmon fleet. More information in the Crosscut:

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