Landlubbers tackle commercial fishing
in Sea Grant's Coastweeks event
NARRAGANSETT-- September 13, 2000 -- The stormy view of commercial
fishing presented in a certain summer movie might give landlubbers second
thoughts about a day at sea. But Rhode Island Sea Grant has a commercial
fishing experience in store that promises the realism without the drama.
As part of Coastweeks 2000, Sea Grant is sponsoring bottom-trawling
excursions aboard the Cap'n Bert, the University of Rhode Island
Fisheries department's research vessel. Two half-day trawls are scheduled
for Saturday, September 23. The morning trip runs from 8:30 a.m. till noon;
the afternoon trawl runs from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The boat departs promptly
from Wickford Shipyard, 125 Steamboat Avenue, Wickford.
Bottom trawling is a common commercial fishing method that collects
fish in a net dragged along the seabed. Participants will work this equipment-regulation,
commercial-sized bottom-trawl gear-and will examine a catch that showcases
the biological diversity of Narragansett Bay. At the end of the trip, participants
can sort through the summer flounder, striped bass, tautog, bluefish, squid,
crabs, and other species to choose a fish to take home.
The excursion is led by David Beutel, Sea Grant research associate and
former fisherman. Beutel advises participants to wear boots and gloves and
other attire appropriate for handling gear and fish.
Cost of the excursion is $10 for adults; $5 for children. Space is limited,
so reservations are required. Call (401) 874-7152 by September 21 to reserve
Coastweeks, in its 19th year, is an annual celebration designed to foster
public awareness of the nation's shores, their uses, and their need for
careful management. Sea Grant is a federal-state collaboration supporting
research, education, and outreach on marine issues for the public benefit.
For Information, Tony Corey, (401) 874-6844, firstname.lastname@example.org