8600 ghost pots removed from the Barents Sea
The Norwegian the Directorate of Fisheries have the last couples of weeks carried out a retrieval survey in the Barents Sea, where the focus has been on snow crab pots. The survey is now ended and it was a success with 8600 pots removed.
A large number of remaining and lost snow crab ports have been removed from the seabed in Loophole region in the Barents Sea in order to avoid further ghost fishing and littering of the oceans.
The work on removing the pots has been carried out by the Directorate of Fisheries with hierd fishing vessels. A total of 8600 pots and about 270 km of ropes have been removed, as well as a large number of related equipment.
Experience and recent research show that the pots continues to fish without bait and the survey showed that snow crab pots were no exception.
"The catch in the snow crab pots varied, but several thousand individuals were released. How many who died as a result of ghost fishing are hard to say, but the crabs in the pots was characterized by long-term stay , says the chief executive officer and senior counselor Gjermund Langedal at the Directorate of Fisheries.
Directorate of Fisheries retrieval surveys after lost fishing gear have showed that plastic waste are found on large depths and in different kind of gears. Plastic bags and wrapping has been found in snow crab pots and gillnets at large depths and there is reason to believe that plastic drifts along the bottom towards places with less stream where it aggregate. See the pictures underneath.