So, what did it look like? Let's see
Wednesday, May 15, 2013. 830AM. No clouds. Bright blue, temps in the 50s and warming quickly. No breeze. Still morning, a few shorebirds chirping in the distance.
The Rachel Carson Natl Wildlife Refuge had also prepared for the impending summer season with a great new plaque at the head of the trail.
Lined along the backshore were the last remains of winter's rotted & dried-out wrack, some buried by recently blown-in or washed-in sand. As it dried, its plastic load peeked through.
(Tech mini-disaster means no rope photo - sorry!)
320 pcs of fishing rope, about 180 ft
|96 pcs of nonrope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 0
- Foam/styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 320
- Fishing misc.: 35 (6 claw bands, 2 fishing lines, hard buoy top, 5 bait bags, 9 trap parts, 5 bumpers, tag scrap, 6 vinyl trap coating bits)
- Food-related plastics: 11 (2 bottles - 1 very eaten/damaged, 5 cup scraps, water flavorer wrapper, sauce pack, microwave meal box scrap, cutlery scrap)
- Food-related glass/metal: 1 (aluminum can scrap)
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 29 (bag, Clorox bottlecap, broken comb, bandaid, 4 packaging scraps, crate chunk, clothespin, 4 upholstery scraps, 11 cable ties!, cord, crate seal, chopstick scrap, drawer organizer scrap)
- Scrap plastics: 13 ( 6 > 1" , 7 < 1" )
- Paper/wood: 0
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 7 (fabric scraps)
A mangled comb -- its lost teeth likely still fouling the ocean, somewhere.
Clorox is used heavily on fishing boats for sanitation. Sadly, too many times the empty bottles are then just pitched overboard.
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 3680
- Pcs fishing rope -- 1375
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 1621