Saved from development last fall and placed into the hands of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Curtis Cove should be a pristine place, free from human intrusion. It isn't. On February 22 I got to a clean "base line" along a small 150-ft section of this polluted cove. As of last week, 5312 new pieces of manmade debris had washed in since then!
Following last week's catch-up post, here is Monday, July 23. Gray skies and heavy air. 8:30AM, low tide. A flat upper terrace of fine gray sand, sloping quickly off to a cobbly & green intertidal zone.
|The little guy actually won this one|
|A sea squirt, possibly the invasive Botrylloides violaceous|
|Far too many plastic flecks to count overall|
|68 pcs of rope, about 55 ft total|
|405 pcs of non-rope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 1 (grommet)
- Foam/Styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 71 (68 mostly short, frayed rope strands, 3 small net fragments)
- Fishing trap gear: 298 (277 lobster trap vinyl scraps, 11 mangled steel trap parts, 5 trap bumpers, 3 bait bags, 1 trap tag, 1 trap vent)
- Fishing misc.: 25 (clawbands)
- Food-related plastics: 17 (1 bottlecap o-ring, 1 straw, 10 cup scraps, 3 food wrappers, 2 cutlery handles)
- Food-related glass/metal: 0
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 19 (4 bag scraps, 1 balloon scrap, 2 cigarettes, 1 bandaid, 1 saw handle, 2 cable ties, 1 crate seal, 4 cord scraps, 1 air filter scrap, 1 duct tape, 1 big tire patch)
- Scrap plastics: 34 (13 >1", 21 <1")
- Paper/wood: 2 (paper scraps)
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 6 (5 fabric scraps, 1 glove)
Of the above, perhaps 2 pieces were local drops -- the cigarettes. Everything else most likely washed in. Now as maddening as these bits of vinyl from lobster traps are...
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 5785
- Pcs fishing rope -- 1612
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 2396