Preparation of an ice-hole
to set a fishing net under sea ice. The snow has been pushed
back from the surface and this saw with a special ice blade
is being used to cut a hole through the ice. Once cut, the floating
square is cut into quarters and the then each quarter pushed
under the adjacent ice where it's buoyancy keeps it in place. Not too
bad a job until you hit the sea, then the blade sprays you with
exceptionally cold water.
Two holes like this are cut slightly
further apart than the length of the fishing net that will be
used here. This is a fairly shallow net, set in about 15m of
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