Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Salmon trouble on Lake Union

These days on Lake Union the salmon nets are in our thoughts again. Last Wednesday the Virgina V ran over an improperly lit net and had to be towed for repairs. When Ellis and I were rowing that morning we noted that particular net extended very, very far into the lake impeding traffic under the Freeway Bridge. Then on Monday night down near the Locks a large rigid inflatable hit a net at high speed. It reportedly looked like a fighter jet landing on an aircraft carrier and hitting the catch line. Fisticuffs ensued and both tribal and Seattle officers were called.

In other news I was very nearly rammed by a 2 person racing shell this afternoon. I got to use my horn. I love getting to use my horn.


T. Clear said...

Um, it's time you blogged again.

foghanson said...

Three weeks ago I ran over a tribal net extending at least 40 yards into Lake Union (east side of the lake, just south of Allison St.). Their tiny, single light was submerged when I crossed their line, probably because I was the 5th boat to run over the line that evening! I called the cops. Cops called the tribe, tribe sent their people, their people instructed us to cut ourselves free. Today I had the pleasure of paying a professional diver to cut 15 pounds of net from my prop!