Derelict Gear

An internationally- recognized success story

Every year, we pull thousands of pieces of decaying fishing material from Puget Sound. Abandoned gear, like crab pots and non-degradable nets, can sit on the ocean floor for decades—trapping and killing hundreds of thousands of marine animals, like seals, porpoises, salmon, and crabs. At Point Roberts, alone, abandoned nets were destroying $437,000 worth of crab every season.

Fortunately, since 2002, we’ve been able to remove more than 5,800 derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound—restoring more than 870 acres of precious marine habitat. Removal of these nets also saves over 400 marine mammals, birds, and fish daily.

Report Lost or Abandoned Gear

Puget Sound Derelict Gear Removal

We’re Counting on Your Involvement

None of this would be possible without the help and cooperation of local fisherman who
report lost or abandoned gear.