Two Whales Rescued, Issue Raises Worries
According to sources, it has been revealed that a gray whale was spotted near the Redondo Beach, entangled in fishing nets, on Thursday morning.
It was not possible for the whale to get freed until a team of rescuers came into action. The whale was attached with buoys to trace the movements of the whale. After tiring hours of rescue and dozen failures, the team was able to cut the fishing trap, lines and debris wrapped around its tail. And hence, they succeed in liberating the whale.
However, Kurt Lieber is very annoyed of the incidents as witnessing two in a row, and that too in less than a week, is much an important issue to be considered.
Lieber, who heads up The Ocean Defenders Alliance, said “He's sick and tired of seeing Southern California’s marine life needlessly getting caught in fishing nets. I don’t want to get emotional, but it’s heartbreaking”.
He asserted that it has become a cause of worry, as it not only risks the life of the mammal or sea creature but many of the rescuers even risk their lives to save the entangled creature.
He asserted that the fishing traps have been the cause of death of almost two sea animals, including sea leopards and sharps. Rather, many more marine creatures. He exclaimed that the deaths encountered are countless.
He stated that the fishermen are not at all responsible of their fishing equipment and nets; they leave them on the ocean floors.
However, the California Department of Fish and Game said: “It’s not illegal to leave fishing gear on the ocean floor because it’s not a navigational hazard for boats”.
In contrast, Lieber wants to amend this rule. He wishes that the nets should be tagged and marked, so that they can be identified when obtained, hence, can lead to the one who owns it. Moreover, the culprit should be punished.