Testing out the Project's methods for the first time!
After a quick check for marine life trapped in the net, the net is brought out to drier ground.
FLIP video camera to good use during this trip!
Oh dear, there is a crab in the net. First we photograph, identify and measure the crab, and record the information.
Then we carefully cut out the crab. We have to do this gently and carefully so as not to hurt it. At the same time, we must be careful to avoid being pinched by the crab. Zeehan gives some great tips on how to hold the crab so we don't hurt it or get hurt by it.
Finally, the net is cut up into manageable pieces for removal and proper disposal.
It's wonderful to have many hands to help with all the different tasks. From recording the data, taking the measurements, rescuing the animals, holding the garbage bags open to stuff the nets in.
Here's some of our simple tool: Lots of scissors, little clipper things (which are easier to use to quickly cut out filaments when wearing thick gloves), dressmaker's measuring tape, and pencils for recording. Some of the team members brought along larger shears to cut away the thicker ropes in the nets. We also have 'China' bags to haul out the nets, and of course, large heavy duty garbage bags.
Meanwhile, if you see any abandoned nets, traps, lines, please let me know so the Project can work them: Ria firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!