For example, the first couple of days in the skiff convinced me that our little purse seine wasn’t working as it should. A purse seine is a net that is set in a circle, so that it forms a circular wall- corks on top of the net to float it, weighted lead line (as in the the metal) on the bottom. After we get the seine set in a circle, we pull in a line running through runs along the leadline. This pulls the bottom of the net together, forming a large bag or purse and keeping any fish inside the net from escaping. Much larger versions of this net are used by commercial fishers to catch salmon, tuna, and herring; our little net is twenty feet deep and forms a circle about 40 feet in diameter. We have found that this is a great tool for sampling nearshore habitat.
Recently, however, we have been having increasing problems with the purse line getting wrapped in the web, and we noticed that the purse line was getting pretty chafed after being dragged through numerous types of kelps, eelgrasss, barnacles, and gravel. So this morning we went off to Kodiak Marine Supply and got ourselves a shiny, smooth new purse line. We’ll string the new line as we steam up to Izhut and should be ready to drop the skiff in the water later this afternoon! More in a week or so.