Thursday, November 7, 2013

Collection Report - October 16, 2013

Wednesday, October 16. 1:30PM. A cpl hrs before low tide. Gray & overcast. No rain. 60 degrees. Slight breeze coming from the north. The back of the backshore was ringed by a mix of summery greens and autumnal oranges/reds. No freeze yet on the coast. Blackening wrack from last week's wash-ins lined the backshore of the beach.
Amid the blackening seaweed was the rotting "cliffs" of white sand at the back of the foreshore, also cut back by the previous weeks. Now aging and showing no new pulverizing.
Yet amid the cobbles on low foreshore, summer's algae blooms were dying back quickly on their exposed rocks. Strong (if low) waves had clearly been carving at them this week, ripping them from all except the largest of cobbles and boulders.

And this day brought me a new find at Curtis Cove:
My first ever sea urchin shell ("test") from Curtis Cove. A nice find.

So, low waves but high energy. What washed in?
25 pcs of rope, about 25 ft total
182 pcs of nonrope debris
207 finds:
  • Bldg material/furniture: 0
  • Foam/styrofoam: 0
  • Fishing rope/net: 25
  • Fishing misc.: 154 (127 lobster trap vinyl scraps, 15 trap parts, trap tag, bait bag, bumper, 5 claw bands, 3 balls of fishing line, o-ring from buoy)
  • Food-related plastics: 4 (cup scraps)
  • Food-related glass/metal: 1 (beer bottle, local drop)
  • Nonfood/unknown plastics: 4 (small scrap of window screen, 2 cords, old abraded button)
  • Scrap plastics: 16 ( 6 > 1" , 10 < 1" )
  • Paper/wood: 0
  • Non-plastic misc./unique: 3 (seaglass)
I found a surprising number of heavy metal lobster trap parts, as well as freshly washed-in rope. I also found lower-than-"normal" counts for trap vinyl coatings. That all points to an ocean changing with the seasons.

On to next week.

Running YTD counts:
  • Total pcs of litter -- 10268
  • Pcs fishing rope -- 1902
  • Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 6399

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