B.C. ferry snags fishing net, and small boat, near Nanaimo

No one was hurt but a small boat that set the fishing net was towed backward by a B.C. ferry until the line between the boat and the net snapped. A busy two-day fishery in the waters off Nanaimo has prompted a warning from Fisheries and Oceans Canada about the placement of nets that led to two ferries being snagged. Andrew Thomson, regional director of fisheries management, responded Thursday after B.C. Ferries said two fishing nets had been caught by their ships and a vessel was also forced to stop when it almost made contact with a third net. Thomson said Thursday the opening of the season that began Wednesday at 7 a.m. drew about 130 gillnet vessels, compared with 30 or 40 vessels that wo

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