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A dive with a purpose
Our Club has just spent the day sawing down trees - 6M underwater! We were contacted by a local angling club who were having problems with obstructions in one of their fishing lakes which were causing lines to snag and fish caught up in these obstructions while still hooked, to die. Given that they had just restocked the lake with 50 new small carp - at a cost of £5000 (I didnt realise that they were so expensive!), the angling club was anxious to minimise losses. We did a survey for them last year and found that the problem was small submerged trees.
So today, we assembled a working party and cleared 14 trees using bow saws and loppers. However, this is only a small part of what needs clearing and many more trips are needed. The advantage to our Club is that we now have an open water training facility close to us which saves a 150 mile round trip to Stoney. A real win/win situation for both clubs.
My old club was asked by a local carp pond owner if we could help in removing weed from his lake.
Working party went in, pulling weed by hand and letting it float to the surface for dragging.
Visibility was absolute zero, reflection in mask level.
Downside, all the kit stank to high heaven afterwards.
I was involved in one in Aldershot some years ago we pulled 2 and 1/2 cars bits of motorbikes, 2 safes missing the bottoms and piles of corrugated iron sheeting.
We do quite a lot of comunity work like this, having worked on several fishing lakes and have managed the underwater part of the annual river clearance of the Great Ouse in Bedord for the last 14 years (excluding last year when it was cancelled due to covid). This latter work frequently ends up as zero viz and the amount and variety of rubbish which comes out is staggering.
Sometimes we can't do much with the fishing lakes because heavy equipment is needed to extract the obstructions and that is beyond our scope but we try and tidy up the obstructions as best we can. This latest project is great because the obsructions are dozens of dead trees which can be removed with bowsaws, loppers and lifting bags to retreive the bigger ones once cut off. It is the smaller ones though which cause most of the problems for the fishermen. most of the ones we lifted were festooned like Christmas trees with fishing line. Line cutters essential doing this work!
Our club is scheduled to appear in the September edition of Scuba in the Club in Focus section.
Good fun, have done a bit similar removing lilly roots from a fishing lake. There were plans afoot to build a floatavator (rotovator that floats) to chop them all up mechanically which would have been fun but all gone quiet sadly