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NETS off WHITEHALL

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The Michigan Steelheaders have the updated net locations on their web site at michigansteelheaders.org.

If you become entangled (boat or tackle) please call the RAP line at 1-800-292-7800 and report the incident also, please leave contact info so a CO can follow up. This information is needed to realize the size of problem these nets are creating.

Staying clear of the coordinates given will lessen the likelihood of entanglement but these nets do appear to be breaking up.

Efforts are being made to get these nets pulled.

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what is taking so long to get these moved? It just seems like the problem has been around for months and that it should be able to be fixed in a day. I guess I am at a loss as to what is taking so long?!

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For those that would like to express their concern about these abandoned nets (that appear to be coming apart) there will be a Natural Resources Commission meeting 8/8 at the Annis Water Resources Inst Lake Michigan Center 740 West Shoreline Drive in Muskegon. They will be taking public comments about 3:30 PM.

You can call 517-373-2352 and tell them you would like to be put on the agenda for public comments and you get 5 minutes. You can also just show up and sign up and you get 3 minutes. Those who call first get to go first. Let them know how you feel about the hazardous conditions, I'm sure the press will be there.

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?!?!?!?!?! What prevents the Coast Guard from just removing them?

I don't think they have the proper equipment nor does the DNR.

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How big are these nets?

The nets are 40' high, the leads can be up to 1800 ft the wings can go probably to 1500 ft. The lead and pot have very heavy anchors with about 50# anchors along the lead and wings. You need specialized equipment to pull them.

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