"We now have the funding needed to get 90 percent of the derelict nets out of Puget Sound forever. These waters will be safer for boaters, divers, and marine life." The foundation has identified 112 distinct species that have been trapped and killed by the ghost nets.
The project stimulates the marine economy in Puget Sound by creating 40 living wage jobs, at a time when this economic sector is severely impacted by the national economic downturn. "We're going to employ people who wouldn't be working without this project, and the work is incredibly valuable to Puget Sound," said Broadhurst.