Group to retrieve lost crab pots, save marine wildlife

ANACORTES, Wash. — While most crab pots dropped into the Salish Sea are recovered, many are not, and the Northwest Straits Foundation is going after them.

Pots remaining on the seafloor can cause havoc for years, trapping and killing marine wildlife.

The organization will be in the waters near Anacortes late this month or early June to remove derelict crab pots located in the Cap Sante Marina and Guemes Island areas.

The group will use side scan sonar to identify the location of lost pots, allowing divers to enter the water at the exact spot to make a retrieval.

In 2018, a sonar survey revealed 614 derelict crab pots and 486 were recovered.