Seine Net Fishing at The Causeway https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ Seine Net Fishing at The Causeway The Seine is a type of dragnet - a small meshed net with floats on top and weighted on the bottom and is considered one of the oldest means of fishing. Seine fishing dates back to prehistoric times, with numerous mentions in the Old and New Testaments. Native Americans made their seines from tree root fibers or grass and stones as weights. They used cedar wood for floats. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408898 186408898 Zachary Hahn follows Forrest kennedy out to the water with a large seine net bringing it about 50 yards offshore and dragged it back with a catch of sea creatures from the shallow 57 degree water and sandy bottom. The purpose was to sort through , examine and study the various sea life that was mingled into the seaweed. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408903 186408903 Fishing off the West Island causeway during the summer is a common sight. Even this late in the season a few fishermen can still be seen casting their lines hoping for just one more catch. But last week, there weren't typical fishermen with poles here, 3 men were at the beach in waders and a seine net. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408905 186408905 Dragging the seine net back with a catch of sea creatures from the shallow 57 degree water and sandy bottom. The purpose was to sort through , examine and study the various sea life that was mingled into the seaweed. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408894 186408894 The Seine is a type of dragnet - a small meshed net with floats on top and weighted on the bottom and is considered one of the oldest means of fishing going back to the days of the Indians. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408893 186408893 Forrest Kennedy - Aquaculture Technician with the SMAST lab located in New Bedford's south end near Fort Taber. For more about SMAST: http://www.umassd.edu/smast/about/aboutsmast/ ? at The West Island Weather Station KA1WBH. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408908 186408908 Forrest Kennedy - Aquaculture technician with the SMAST lab located in New Bedford's south end near Fort Taber, brought along two students, Zachary Hahn, (left) currently an Undergrad at UMASS and FHS Student Scott Turner(right) who wants to be a Marine Engineer. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408909 186408909 According to Kennedy, some selected species would be brought back to the marine lab and placed into an aquarium for further study. He said it was rare to see, but not uncommon to see seahorses and other juvenile fish migrate up from the warm Gulf Stream into the colder waters of the northeast, unfortunately their days are numbered in surviving the colder ocean temperatures " he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408910 186408910 The net yielded some shrimp, shiners, a small Japanese shore crab and a couple of tiny seahorses in one pass and then placed into a buckets of seawater. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408900 186408900 Zachary Hahn has had a special interest in the marine sciences throughout his years at high school and now as an undergrad at SMAST. Zach's mother, Diane Hahn of Fairhaven proudly recalls her son's dedication to his studies and has spent a "thousand hours" as a volunteer at The Ocean Explorium and SMAST in the city. She considers him a role model for young people growing up with an Autism disorder. "I believe that it is important for people to realize that "different" does not mean lesser and that people of all abilities have much to contribute to our society" Mrs Hahn said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408892 186408892 FHS Student Scott Turner (left) who wants to be a Marine Engineer. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408891 186408891 The purpose of this seine net was to sort through , examine and study the various sea life that was mingled into the seaweed. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408901 186408901 The tiny seahorses like the one in the photo are scientifically referred to as "hippocampus erectus" which in Greek the word "hippo" means horse and "kampos" means sea monster. These dwarf sea horses are usually found in the waters off the Bahamas. For Seahorses in action enter here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzGUemj4Mo https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408896 186408896 Tiny shrimp swim about. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408904 186408904 As the students dragged in another net full of seaweed and living sea creatures of all kinds, the late October sun sparkled over the water through partially overcast skies. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186408906 186408906