Until I started seeing these.
coralline algae) is a sign of a very gentle high-tide. One that lets the finest bits settle out on the sand without being washed back. The perfect conditions for the vinyl trap coatings.
So, my hour-and-a-half was quickly spoken for by this thin sliver of shoreline between ice and snow. In the end, of course, I found more than vinyl. Such as:
|Coffeecup lids wash in every week|
All told, it was a shockingly big haul for a beach that was mostly unsearchable.
|76 pcs of rope, about 60 ft total|
|467 pcs of nonrope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 0
- Foam/styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 76
- Fishing misc.: 422 (8 claw bands, 2 trap bumpers, 2 bait bags, 410 vinyl scraps!)
- Food-related plastics: 11 (bottlecap scrap, cap o-ring, 7 cup scraps, bread tag, fork scrap)
- Food-related glass/metal: 2 (aluminum can scraps)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 10 (bag scrap, bandaid, degraded detergent jug, 2 cable ties, 3 vinyl upholstery scraps, sleeve, duct tape)
- Scrap plastics: 20 ( 3 > 1" , 17 < 1" )
- Paper/wood: 0
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 2 (glove, metal washer)
A Vinyl Tide," someone will have to pay for this. We can start now, changing the way we fish our waters and paying the extra price at the plate for better gear in the ocean. Or we can leave it to our kids and grandkids.
One way or another, someone will have to pay.
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 13508
- Pcs fishing rope -- 3775
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 5237