Center for Coastal Studies, volunteer lobstermen, continue removal of "ghost gear"

Through Mar. 15, derelict fishing gear will be removed from the Outer Cape seabed
Local fishermen haul out derelict fishing gear. CCS image, 2013.

The Provincetown-based Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) will again work with other organizations, agencies and local lobstermen to remove derelict, lost or abandoned fishing gear from the Outer Cape seabed. Last year, CCS was instrumental in removing 12 tons of gear from the ocean floor off Provincetown for a six-day period, according to a CCS release.

This year, the retrieval will be done during the first half of March during the Outer Cape Trap Haul-Out Period. CCS will work with four Provincetown boats, Miss Lilly, Little Sammy III, All In and Morgan Gayle.  According to CCS, the owners of the four vessels will donate their platforms, equipment, time and labor and will receive a fuel stipend in return.

Weather-permitting, the teams will haul-out the "ghost gear" using side-scan sonar along Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

The ghost gear will be brought to MacMillan Wharf will it will be sorted. The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries will assist in identifying the owners of good gear and according to CCS, non-fishable gear will be either recycled as scrap metal or sent to a waste-to-energy facility.

The work will be done during the Outer Cape Trap Haul-Out to avoid working fishing gear.

Provincetown fisherman have contributed 30 tons of gear to Fishing for Energy, a nationwide project supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Covanta Energy Corporation, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. and NOAA. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on