Science group to take tons of fishing gear from Cape Cod Bay

Old fishing gear is dangerous to whales and other marine life.

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Cape Cod science group is in the midst of a federally-funded project to find and remove abandoned fishing gear from Cape Cod Bay.

The Center for Coastal Studies says its “Fishing for Derelict Gear in Cape Cod Bay” campaign began Saturday is still underway on Monday. The group says it wants to identify, remove, document and properly dispose of abandoned and derelict fishing gear.  The center has conducted sonar surveys off of Provincetown, Truro, Dennis, and Sandwich. More surveys are planned in the Chatham area.

Previous efforts succeeded in the removal of 16 tons of gear from Cape Cod Bay. That includes 660 lobster traps, more than half of which were turned over to owners.  Old fishing gear is dangerous to whales and other marine life.