Gulf of Maine cleanup campaign hauls ghost mountain of gear, nearly 5,000 pounds in four days

In just four days, about 5,000 pounds of ghost gear was transported, according to a cleanup campaign in the Gulf of Maine.

There were buoys, dock foam, lobster pots and ropes.

During a four-day sailing expedition at the end of June, the Ocean Conservancy itself and the Rozalia project collected the misplaced and abandoned equipment.

The Ocean Conservancy continues to work to preserve the ocean for people, wildlife and other species.

On the other hand, the Rozalia project is committed to cleaning waterways from waste.

The crew cleared 4,723 pounds of equipment and other trash from isolated islands in the area.

The waste haul included 35 pounds of buoys, approximately 52 pounds of dock foam, 4,220 pounds of traps, and 530 pounds of rope. In addition, there were plastic drink bottles, bleach bottles, and oil bottles.

Chris Dorsett, Vice President of Ocean Conservancy, spoke about the expedition and the risks posed by all this marine debris.

Ghost Gear Impacts

According to Dorsett, ghost gear is one of the main sources of ocean plastics and the most dangerous type of marine debris.

On average, 1,700 fish, 500,000 marine invertebrates and four seabirds would perish in a single abandoned net.

According to some estimates, ghost gear could cause a decline of up to 30% in fish stocks.

The efforts

The Ocean Conservancy believes it is crucial to tackle the problem of ghost gear from all angles, so in addition to elimination efforts, the team is working on ghost gear prevention and mitigation.

In addition to supporting neighborhood recycling programs, they have held workshops for local anglers, mapped hotspots to determine why and where gear is lost or piled up, and continue to raise awareness of cutting-edge technologies that can stop the loss of gear.

According to Dorsett, this project took months to plan and involved the cooperation of many organizations and the neighborhood.

The Ocean Conservancy’s Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) worked with Project Rozalia to define a location for the cleanup campaign, connect with regional partners like the Maine Island Trail Association, and manage the difficult logistics of a cleanup. a remote island with the help of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The group felt encouraged by how the neighborhood came together to help support this work.

Ghost Equipment Lifecycle

The team strives to recycle as much of their waste and equipment items as they can.

For example, they collaborated with Rowlands Recycling (Steuben, Maine) in this task to recycle the metal parts of the traps collected by the group, which were going to be transformed into light iron.

They also gave local fishermen reusable fishing gear.

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Each year, the GGGI organizes a few moves with regional partners all over the world.

Just as the group operates to facilitate an increasing number of such moves, the moves themselves are extremely technical and difficult to organise.

The entire cleanup alone required access to a remote private island, the rental of a sizable dumpster, and a massive amount of tools and labor.

For this reason, the team must collaborate with regional groups such as the Rozalia project, which are familiar with the local populations and the topography.

For their annual International Coastal Cleanup, Ocean Conservancy has also organized volunteers from around the world for over 35 years.

More than 17 million volunteers have collected more than 348 million pounds of litter from waterways and beaches since the program’s inception.

pollution in the ocean

One of the greatest dangers currently facing the oceans is plastic pollution.

It is believed that around 11 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year.

For this reason, Ocean Conservancy is tackling this issue in all directions, including prevention and elimination projects as well as working with businesses and governments to help educate about best practices and policy changes. Politics.

The team has noticed a significant shift in recent years towards increased awareness of the plastic pollution crisis, its recognition and a desire to cooperate in addressing it.

The United Nations is working to create an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, and California recently passed a landmark law to address plastic pollution.

They are excited to see these developments and are confident the conservatory is moving in the right direction, Treehugger reported.

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