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Trawl trips offer net gain
NARRAGANSETT -- September 9, 2003 -- If you think fly-fishing for your supper is a good idea, just imagine what you could do with a whole trawl net.
Rhode Island Sea Grant's popular commercial trawl trips for the public aboard the University of Rhode Island Fisheries' vessel Cap'n Bert again offer participants a chance to "be a commercial fisherman for a day"or at least a few hoursand take home what they catch. Four half-day trawls are scheduled, one from 8:30 to noon and one from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, and one from 8:30 to noon and one from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. Cap'n Bert leaves from Wickford Shipyard, 125 Steamboat Ave. in Wickford.
Bottom trawling collects fish in a net dragged along the seabed. Cap'n Bert is equipped with regulation commercial trawl gear, and participants will get to see it in action and help sort the catcheverything from flounder and striped bass to creatures that people normally don't see, like sea robins, mantis shrimp, sponges, and even small sharks. The trip is supervised by Rhode Island Sea Grant Fisheries Extension specialists, one of whom is a former commercial fisherman.
Cost for the trip is $25, and reservations are required. Reservations may be made by calling David Beutel at (401) 874-7152. Participants should be aware that the trip is aboard a working boat and some agility is required to board and disembark the vessel. Boots should be worn. After participants have taken home all they can eatand cleanthe rest of the catch is donated to the North Kingstown Food Pantry.
The trawl trips are sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant as part of Coastweeks 2003, the annual nationwide celebration of the coast. For a free copy of the Coastweeks calendar of events, contact Rhode Island Sea Grant Communications at (401) 874-6842 or visit http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/Coastweeks. Coastweeks is sponsored in the state by the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and Rhode Island Sea Grant.