Scene in Edmonds: Another way to catch a fish

Spearfishing at 7 a.m. Tuesday near the Edmonds Fishing Pier. (Photo by Kevin O’Keeffe)
  1. We need to see more of the marine park rangers down there. Last week there were tons of dogs in the beach harassing two seals.

  2. No we need to accommodate all sport diving including spear fishing. It’s great that we have a protected park and it’s great that we have a fishing dock but we need to have some miniscule accommodations for the sport diver He’s a fisherman as well. Not to mention where is our public free boat launch? Since when do you have to pay just to stick your small boat in the water. What is up with this Monopoly.

    1. Ok…that is definitely not the right area to spearfish. All this guy has to do is drive a quarter mile north to the diving area.
      There are only a few protected areas like this zone just south of ferry. The area is not signed well from the beach to notify people of this area.
      Amazingly, both the city and ferry poisoned the important kelp field that used to be home to millions of sea creatures. This was around 20 years ago.The ferry didn’t like the kelp jamming up the boat launch area. The city helped by saying that the kelp was damaging the sewer pipe they installed earlier( they built a new one that gushes out cruddy water in front of the pier on north side).
      To this day, the massive dump of poison years ago has not allowed the kelp to grow back.
      I did notice that the smelt spawn on beach ( a yearly phenomenon) as well as the lingcod and local coho populations all but disappeared after the sanctuary poisoning of important kelp field. Herring also.

  3. Not supposed to be there! Lots of other places to go spear fishing that won’t intrude on marine sanctuaries.

  4. It does not appear to me that the diver is in the Marine Sanctuary, which is on the North Side of the Ferry landing. It looks to me like he is on the South side, which would be legal and a place where boat fishermen pursue ling cod during their season. Ling cod or cabezon would be the only fish legal to spear I think. Rockfish, most Salmon species and true cod would be illegal to take with hook and line or spear. Most hook and line legal size lings from that area will have been caught by this point in the season, so I doubt the spear guy would have much success. I’m curious to know if the state allows the spear fishers to take the larger lings, which are off limits to hook and line fishing? Spear fishing is pretty much always lethal. The larger fish are generally the reproducing females, hence protected from taking by hook and line fishermen. Is that also true for spear fishing? Anyone know?

  5. Just as a matter of interest –
    There are TWO protected areas off the beach in Edmonds, one is the marine park north of the ferry and one is the research area south of the ferry. This is not commonly known since the signs that were originally posted faded from existence in the early 1980s. The area south of the ferry was established in the summer of 1976 during a joint project by the University of Washington Fisheries Department and the State of Washington Fisheries (a project I participated in) to determine what configurations and material might work best for artificial reefs in Puget Sound. There are in fact, 10,000 used tires in 88 configurations underwater in the designated research area. Subsequent studies have been conducted for many years in this artificial reef area. It was ultimately determined that used tiers are a TERRIBLE material to use for an artificial reef as they leech toxic material into the underwater environment for decades years after their placement.

  6. I had to post this in 3 sections due to the word limit …
    The language of the ordinance is codified as follows:
    5.32.085 Scuba and skin diving prohibited.
    A. Except as authorized in ECC 5.32.090, no person shall scuba or skin dive in the following described area:
    Those waters lying northerly and easterly of a line extending from a boundary marker on the northwest corner of the northern breakwater of the port of Edmonds marina, that line extending northwesterly 275 feet to a marker buoy, thence northeasterly 1,050 feet to a marker buoy, thence southeasterly to the northeastern end of the city of Edmonds public beach.
    B. The Edmonds parks and recreation department shall place appropriate notices prohibiting scuba and skin diving in the area above. [Ord. 2531, 1985; Ord. 1991 § 5, 1978; Ord. 1908, 1977].!/Edmonds05/Edmonds0532.html#5.32.085

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