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May 22, 2017 1:18PM Post #1
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Just back in from the offshore due to a medical issue. Fishery is continuing in my absence.

Just wanted to note a rather annoying Head's Up for West Coast Vancouver Island Fisher Folks:
We (Area G Troll) have been literally Plagued by a serious scourge of pink sea cucumber like organisms that are at times so thick in number it was impossible to fish. These damn things have invaded the offshore waters from LaPerouse Bank to well north west of Winter Harbor and all points in-between. Did not know until I got home what they even are (none of the old timers ever recall seeing them - ever, and of course the fine folks in The Dino's offices had no ideas to offer either). They are called ''Pyrosomes'' but may just as well be called serious nuisances. They get wrapped up on your gear, the wire for your downriggers etc and make fishing more than a little of an exercise in frustration.

Here's a few pictures of these damn things:

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Flasher was for size comparison.

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This was a rather ''light'' amount of them on the wire. In the water less than ten minutes. Often the gear would come up with several HUNDRED pounds of these damn things!!

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They are extremely tide influenced, and have been a major pain in the ass more days than not out there. Hope they go away before the sports season kicks off or it is going to be a rather ugly season out there!

More on these things here

Cheers,
Nog
May 22, 2017 2:27PM Post #2
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Wow, never seen anything like it.surprised The guys fishing ECVI are having a hard time with slime on the line from the algae bloom but these things are monsters! Algae x10! Perfect for grabbing a hold of the line and not letting go... I can imagine the number of choice words everyone has been using fishing out there in the mass of these things and I'm sure sport gear will take one hell of a beating!dead
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May 22, 2017 2:33PM Post #3
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Nog,

Sorry to hear of your troubles, medical and these pyrosomes. They remind of the tunicates I used to see diving up North. Also, of a salp I once found near Winter Harbour. Fishing in an area with these must be extremely frustrating.
I can't recall ever seeing these though.

By the way, the link you posted does not work for me. Perhaps check again and post it for us?
May 22, 2017 4:00PM Post #4
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riverscout wrote:
By the way, the link you posted does not work for me. Perhaps check again and post it for us?


Try this again: https://themarinedetective.com/2017/03/13/pyrosomes-say-what/

or through this site here

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May 22, 2017 7:52PM Post #5
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Thanks, that works.

It appears they are tunicates - of the pelagic variety.

A little frightening that the article includes a description by one biologist as the ''Borg of the sea.''
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