Delaware Sea Grant Seeks Boater Volunteers For Locating Ghost Crab Pots And Removal

Fish Finders for Stewardship Workshop

Everyone hates ghost crab pots, especially when you run over one. These abandoned crab pots destroy your props and lower units. They are detriment to wildlife, despite being mini reefs at times. I went on a ghost crab pot removal project a couple years ago with Delaware Sea Grant and the University of Delaware. It was eye opening to the amount of ghost crab pots around the inland bays.
If you want to help clean up the bays you need to check out this program. It would require you be here in January to help. The one cove near Dewey beach we removed ghost crab pots from had hundreds they marked days before.

DSG (Aug 20, 2021) …Delaware Sea Grant is hosting a FREE “Fish-Finders for Stewardship” workshop this September 17th and 18th. Where instructors from University of Delaware’s CSHEL and Blacklaser Learning will teach participants to use consumer grade side-imaging fish-finders for more than finding fish – namely for stewardship activities like finding derelict crab pots or recording data for habitat mapping.

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Oyster cracker found in a ghost crab pot

The workshop is a two-part series with the first session taking place over zoom on September 17th and the second hands-on session taking place at the University of Delaware’s Lewes Campus on September 18th.

In session one, participants will be provided with an overview of side-imaging sonar technology and a variety of applications will be highlighted. It is appropriate for individuals that own or are thinking of purchasing a consumer grade side-imaging fish-finder (e.g models from Ray Marine, Hummingbird, Garmin, Lowrance).

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Ghost crab pots were collected and then washed off at the boat ramp in Dewey beach. Each pot was catalogued and surveyed for the life it contained.

Session two provides a hand-on opportunity for participants to practice skills aboard the University of Delaware Research Vessel Dogfish in Lewes, Delaware. It is optional and space limited, so participants that a) own a Humminbird side-imaging fish-finder and b) are interested in assisting with the Indian River Bay Derelict Crab Pot Round-Up this January will be given priority. Find the event page here and note that the registration deadline is September 10th.

Kate Fleming
Coastal Ecology Specialist
Delaware Sea Grant
University of Delaware
College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

Fish Finders for Stewardship Workshop
Fish Finders for Stewardship Workshop
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