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How to Weight Your Crab Pot So It Doesn’t Get Lost

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The Northwest Straits Initiative Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project explains how to weight your crab pot so it falls straight and doesn’t get lost with changing tides.

The Northwest Straits Initiative Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project wants you to prepare for crabbing season by modifying your crab pots so that they don’t get lost with changing tides. Over 12,000 crab pots are lost each year in the Puget Sound. Changing tides not only affect the depth of the water in relation to the buoy lines, but create currents that can carry away crab pots that aren’t properly secured.

Weighting down your crab pots with an additional 5-10 pounds of added weight can prevent them from drifting with the changing tides. Several precisely cut lengths of iron re-bar or even a brick can be used to weight the bottom of the crab pot, and can be secured using a series of strategically placed zip ties.

Keep your pots! Catch more crab! As a non-profit partner in the Northwest Straits Initiative, the Derelict Fishing Gear Removal Project extracts lost and abandoned fishing gear that poses a hazard to people and marine wildlife.

For more information on how you can help protect the Northwest’s marine environment, visit NWStraitsfoundation.org

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How to Weight Your Crab Pot So It Doesn’t Get Lost