Sunday, October 27, 2013

Collection Report - September 7, 2013

Saturday, September 7. 5:45PM. An hr before low tide. 70 degrees or so. A little rain over the previous week, but still nothing in the way of storms. Very much still a summer, calm weather pattern. And a shore that looked largely the same:
And a little bit different. For one thing, this day the beach reeked. The wraack on the low foreshore was starting to rip from its cobbles, die and rot. The runoff coming back down into the ocean had turned into a cloudy goo in places.
The mounds of cobbles & pebbles on the back of the low foreshore from August were still here. Along with some newly washed in bits & bobs. The back of the low foreshore up to the end of the algae was very flat. Then there was a noticeable lip as beach angled upward. Going up, the accumulation fell away quickly.

Thanks to the gentle summer waves, lots of vinyl ended again up at the southern end of my zone. Crazy lots:
Higher up on the bone-dry backshore,  offshore breezes blew the soft sand back off of the last bits of uncollected winter rope. That gave me a rope count for this week, even though no new rope came in. All told, another very busy day.
32 pcs of rope, about 20 ft total
744 pcs of nonrope debris
776 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 0
  • Foam/styrofoam: 3
  • Fishing rope/net: 32
  • Fishing misc.: 662 (617 vinyl lobster trap coating scraps, 3 bumpers, 5 parts, bait bag, entrance ring, fishing line, 34 claw bands)
  • Food-related plastics: 25 (2 bottle scraps, 2 bottlecap o-rings, 17 cup scraps, 2 bread tags, fork, plate scrap)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 0
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 15 (2 bag scraps, cigarette, floss, bandaid, toy house roof pc, packaging, 2 cable ties, crate seal, 2 tubings, anchor, end cap, contact lens solution label scrap)
  • Scrap plastics: 36 ( 14 > 1" , 22 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 3 (fabric piece, 2 sea glass)
It was a varied week. Lots of odd things across the spectrum. But really, there's still one story here:
Fix it, or drown in it. There are no other choices.

Running YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 7840
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 1812
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 4435

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