Saturday morning, July 14, the captain and crew of the Washington State Ferry Samish had to do some fancy manuevering to avoid a crab pot that had been placed directly in front of the approach to the Friday Harbor ferry terminal dock.
In summer 2017, crab pot line entanglements caused three vessels in the Washington State Ferries fleet to be temporarily taken out of service, causing hundreds of sailings to be canceled. Fortunately for everyone in the islands, such a mishap was avoided today.
Salish's propulsion shaft damaged by polypropylene crab pot in August 2017. The ferry was out of service for a couple of weeks. WSF photo
WSF staff member Ian Sterling said after the incident, "The Captain contacted terminal employees who made sure the pot was removed. As for the Samish, there was never any danger to people on the boat or on the shore."
WSF and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police are urging recreational crabbers to stay out of ferry lanes, docks and terminals when dropping crab pots.