Thank You Party for Deepwater Divers

Army Deep Divers checking out some of the derelict fishing gear they retrieved – Tyler LeRoy photo

Thank You Party for US Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal Project

Thursday July 25, 4:00-5:30 p.m., San Juan Island Brewing Co. (410 A St.)

Project helps keep our waters safe for wildlife and boaters

Join Friends of the San Juans in thanking 20 soldiers from the US Army’s 569th Engineering Dive Detachment who have been removing derelict fishing nets off of the west side of San Juan Island since July 7, 2019.

Thousands of marine animals — from mammals to invertebrates — die each year after becoming entangled in lost fishing gear.

“There were 236 derelict nets reported in over 100 feet of saltwater mostly off the west side of San Juan Island before these soldiers came to the island. Because of the Army Deepwater Derelict Net Removal Project, this number has been significantly reduced. We want to thank these soldiers for providing their expertise to help keep our waters safe for wildlife and boaters,” stated Stephanie Buffum, Friends of the San Juans Executive Director.

Friends of the San Juans will be presenting the “Fin Award” to members of the US Army 569th Engineering Dive Detachment to honor those working to protect the Southern Resident orca whales and our marine waters. The festivities will begin July 25, at 4:30 pm at San Juan Island Brewing Co. in Friday Harbor, Washington. All are welcome to share your appreciation.

This is a project between the US Army’s Deep Divers, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Natural Resources Consultants.

Posted on July 22, 2019 at 5:50 am by

Categories: Animals, Environment, Nature, Safety, Wildlife

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