Thank You Party for Deepwater Divers

Posted July 22, 2019 at 5:50 am by

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.

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