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Fishing Net Removal at Shark Island

Yesterday we went for a dive at Shark Island and for the most part we had a great dive there. However for a few of us it was a very sad dive as we found a big nylon net covering the reef.

Fishing Net
Fishing Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapped in the net already was a small Black Tip Reef Shark which had unfortunately already died, as well as a few other fish and crustaceans.

 

Crab tangled in the net.

 

 

 

Trapped Fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the time all we could do was try and free a few of the fish still alive.

Shark

 

Dead Shark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we got back to the shop we decided to put on a special boat for the next day and see if we could get a few of the dive schools on board to help cut and bring the net up.

Shark

We had a good turnout, and once the boat was loaded we had a good dive briefing so everyone knew their jobs and set off.

Fish trapped in net.

 

Once at the dive site we kitted up and jumped in before descending to look for the net.

Working with the netting.
Team Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our teams we started to cut up the net into manageable pieces being careful not damage the coral.

Collecting the netting.

Also trying not to get damaged ourselves on the Scorpion fish, Sea Urchins and the barbs in the fins of the fish trapped in the net.

Removing netting

It took us a full tank of air to collect it all up so no need to dive again.

Removing Netting

Once back to the shop we cut out the last of the dead fishĀ  and took it up the rubbish tip.

Tangled Netting

 

Great work guy’s and thanks to everyone involved!

8 Comments on Fishing Net Removal at Shark Island

  1. commented by helen gomez on 10 October 2012

    Good Work Guys and so sad about the shark šŸ™

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 10 October 2012

      Very sad indeed !

  2. commented by Russell Smith on 10 October 2012

    We did a similar thing a couple of years back off Koh Sak, Pattaya. It is so sad to see the dead and dying marine life caught up in discarded fishing nets.

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 11 October 2012

      It is indeed – Wilco and I cleared a huge net off the Boonsong Wreck.

  3. commented by Amit & shweta on 11 October 2012

    good job guys !!! sad to see the dead fishes.. hope better sense prevails..

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 11 October 2012

      Its very sad – I’m just happy that we were in a position to be able to sort it out quickly!

  4. commented by Justin Daley on 12 October 2012

    I would really like to do ‘coral cleaning’ dives. Perhaps this could become an advanced course.

    1. commented by Ayesha Cantrell on 12 October 2012

      We go out and do this all the time. So you are welcome to join if you are in Koh Tao…

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