Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Curtis Cove Report - Apr 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 23 & back again! 1 PM. Raw. Gray, hovering masses of dead clouds. Barely 40 degrees, spitting drizzle on & off.
The cobbles on the low foreshore spoke of a slowly healing beach. All the sand that had slumped & dumped onto them from winter's storms was now re-sorting itself, returning to normal.

Higher up, vanishing drizzle marks revealed the last high-tide at the slumped sand by the backshore.
One interesting find tis day: Amid the soaking & squishy & smelly wrack, a very biofouled dog-frisbee.
Hard to collect on a leaden, soaking & chill afternoon. The story, as usual, was the fishing rope. Here's the overall haul:
155 pcs of fishing rope, about 180 ft
27 pcs of nonrope debris
182 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 1 (small fiberglass/plastic resin chunk)
  • Foam/styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing rope/net: 155 (180 ft)
  • Fishing misc.: 17 (9 vinyl trap coating scraps, 2 claw bands, 2 bait bags, 2 bumpers, trap part, ball of fishing line)
  • Food-related plastics: 1 (scrap of drink cup)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 0
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 5 (dog frisbee, 3 cable ties, crate seal)
  • Scrap plastics: 3 ( 2 > 1" , 1 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 0
In the gray light, with churned up squidgy rotting seaweed, everything on the beach looked the same. I'm sure I missed small bits despite my efforts. That said, minus the old rope this is a very small haul. So, did winter's storms actually purge the local sea of its debris? Or is the just the calm before the next deluge?

Keep tuning back in to find out.

Running YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 3264
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 1055
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 1615

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