- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) - A Cape Cod science center is going to work with commercial fishermen to find, remove and dispose of abandoned fishing gear off the coast of Massachusetts.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is giving the Center for Coastal Studies more than $95,000 to support the effort. The 15-month project will focus on removing gear from Cape Cod and Massachusetts bays.

The goals of the project will include identifying areas where gear exists, surveying the areas with sonar and working with lobstermen and divers to recover it. The center says gear will be returned to its owner, repurposed, recycled or disposed of at a waste-to-energy plant.

Abandoned fishing gear can be dangerous to marine mammals such as whales, which can become entangled.

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