Whale Museum’s Summer Lecture Series - Derelict Net Removal Project

June 25, 2019
7:00 p.m.
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Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal Project will remove derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound

Joan Drinkwin, Natural Resources Consultants, and Monica Shoemaker, Washington Department of Natural Resources, will present information about an innovative new project that will bring Army soldiers to dive deep to help improve wildlife habitat in Puget Sound. Their lecture “Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal Project will remove derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound” is part of The Whale Museum’s Summer Lecture Series.

Through a new collaboration between the Washington Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Consultants, soldiers with the US Army 569th Engineer Dive Detachment will dive off the San Juan Islands this July to remove deep water derelict fishing nets. As part of the Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training Program, the Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal project will target legacy derelict nets deeper than 105 feet along with the steep rocky habitats of the San Juan Islands. The partnership provides the Army divers training in deep water diving operations while removing wildlife-threatening derelict fishing nets at no cost to the state. Come join us to hear Joan and Monica explain the project benefits and logistics.

The Summer Lecture Series is dedicated to providing our local community and visiting public with knowledge and wonder of the natural world.  The lectures are given by local or visiting experts in their field.  Join us as they share their recent research projects, stories, and experiences.