2013-11-21 / Community

Abandoned gill net found in Garden

GARDEN – Approximately 10,000 feet of abandoned gill net was recently removed from Lake Michigan east of the Garden Peninsula. The removal was the result of a joint investigation by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Department of Law Enforcement and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

Both departments had received information regarding a possible abandoned net after receiving complaints from sport anglers. These anglers alleged their fishing gear was getting caught in what was suspected to be a net.

After numerous attempts to locate the net, it was found approximately four miles east of Point Detour on the Garden Peninsula. During the joint patrol in October, two MDNR patrol vessels – a 40-foot patrol vessel and a 37-foot patrol vessel with a net lifter – were used to lift and identify the net as abandoned.

An officer from Sault Tribe Law Enforcement took custody of the net and a subsequent followup investigation by Sault Tribe Law Enforcement resulted in the identification of the persons suspected of being responsible for leaving the net unattended.

The case is currently under review by the Sault Tribe Prosecutor and no further information is being released at this time.

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