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I don't know why there isn't a carrot and stick approach to the fishing industry gear loss problem. There should be a reward for not loosing (plastic) gear and a fine for repeated losses.
News items on the tsunami debris - http://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/2013-tsunami-debris-reports/
7 months, 2 weeks ago on VIDEO: My GYRE Expedition to Alaska's Remote Coastline