Sunday, November 10, 2013

Collection Report - November 8, 2013

A fresh collection report -- first in a long time!

Friday, November 8. 8:30AM. Just after low tide, a fairly weak one. Chill in the air, upper 30s, but warm sun and little breeze made the morning pleasant.
Two weeks since I had been here last. And the beach was looking very different. More of a steady, significant slope from the back of the foreshore all the way down to the water's edge. Sand likely slushed and washed up from down low by energy in late October & the first days of November.

Down on the low foreshore, summer's algae was by now almost all dead/dying. All passing away with the warmth & sun of summer. Green turning back to brown & gray.
From top to bottom, the beach on Friday left no flat spots, no taper points. Just a clean unobstructed angle. Meaning likely fewer places for water & flotsam to settle out quietly. Would that mean a light collection day? This lobster-trap bait bag, blown high onto the backshore, suggested that winds may have blown in more than guessed.
Elsewhere on the beach the view was more amazing. I spotted a seam of really cool features along back of foreshore:
"Sand volcanoes" -- air pushed up from inside the sand by the overnight incoming tide, but unable to escape easily thanks to a tiny film of frost on the surface. Amazing world we live in.

So, what were the finds?
7 pcs of rope, about 15 ft total
120 pcs of nonrope debris
127 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 0
  • Foam/styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing rope/net: 7
  • Fishing misc.: 96 (85 vinyl scraps, 2 trap parts, ring, bumper, bait bag, 6 claw bands)
  • Food-related plastics: 1 (cup bottom scrap)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 0
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 2 (upholstery seam, huge bandaid)
  • Scrap plastics: 21 ( 7 > 1" , 14 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 0
It was, by recent standards, a quiet week (blown-in bait bag aside).

Given the slope of the beach and mediocre energy (not storm-strong, not summer-gentle), not surprising to have a lighter-than-normal take. Actually fairly surprising still to be finding as much of the little vinyl bits as I did. Even though it was smeared in a very wide band from back of foreshore down well into the low rocks & cobbles.

The sea keeps giving, week after week.

Running YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 10617
  • Total from fishing -- 9309 (87.7%)
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 1928
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 6647

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