|Jennifer Renzullo and her team from UC Davis's California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project visited the Pier today for the second year in a row.
They (including Q3rockfishboy - Roy Qi) dove under the Pier to pick up lost crab nets, fishing poles and other articles on the bottom. They also worked on and around the pilings to remove entangled fishing line and hooks.
Last year they recovered quite an amount of debris but this year was noticibly different ... one lawn chair, a fishing pole, a single crab net and a handful of line.
Jennifer generously attributed the difference to the time that Fred Ledesma and myself have put in over the past year to remove discarded line and hooks from the topside of the Pier before they ended up in the water. Personally I attribute it to the fish line recycle baskets installed both by Jennifer and UPSAC last year. The four baskets are quite popular and have been heavily used.
After their work was done Fred did a great job barbecuing the marinated tri-tip, mahi mahi and veggie burgers that they had brought ... sorry no pictures as I was too busy eating
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