ROV Locator contributes to the removal of 4 tons of wreckage.

Early in June, an underwater search by Titan Maritime near Mahone Bay Nova Scotia revealed massive quantities of lost or abandoned fishing gear wreckage.

In the seabed, Titan Maritime found three kilometers of plastic fishing lines weighed down by 50 bags filled with sand and gravel, spread over a 600-meter watery grave, and resembling ruins of a sunken ship.

The wreckage had very little monetary value, but its removal is an invaluable contribution to the protection of endangered species such as the North Atlantic right whales and leatherback turtles who are threatened by fishing gear entanglements.

A Blue Robotics BR2 heavy ROV equipped with Cerulean ROV Locator positioning system was a vital instrument for this “ghost gear” removal operation.
Old fishing lines covered in marine growth resemble the rails on a ship. Many clues pointed to the ghost gear’s being decades-old (photo by Ken deBoer.)
Tony Sampson and Jamie Hiltz were the divers on the ghost gear operation. This image is from the ROV (photo by Ken deBoer.)

Check the News Story by CBC Nova Scotia News.