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USCG Auxiliary Division 9 Adopts a Shoreline

On 03 March, three members of Division 9, braved a brisk and windy but sunny morning to pick up trash and litter along a segment of shoreline at the New Hope Overlook ramps on Jordan Lake.  Perry Taylor, 09-11, Sankey Blanton, 09-08, and Jim Frei, 09-11 spent about 90 minutes tromping through shrubs, woods, riprap, and briers retrieving trash that accumulates along the shoreline.  With high winds blowing directly into the cove, a big load of trash was expected, but a lot less was found.  This same segment of shoreline was picked over last November when the lake level was down four feet, so a lot of trash had already been removed.  Only three bags were collected during this event.  We have observed that less trash is accumulating along this shoreline over the past several years.  However, we are still seeing too much styrofoam.  The Division 9 segment does not get a lot of bank fishermen, so we don’t see much abandoned fishing line or plastic bait cups.

Strange to think that a little straw can be threatening. . .

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Tranquility Interrupted

When one goes on a seaside vacation, one looks forward to a relaxing time complete with a stroll on idyllic beaches.  Unfortunately, this wasn't the case during a weekend visit to Block Island where an invigorating walk turned into a beach cleanup. 

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Fish Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

On August 21, 2017, Environmental Coastal & Offshore (ECO), published an article explaining that small fish are driven by scent to eat plastic.

"When a small fish, like an anchovy, is eaten by a larger predator, whatever is in that smaller fish extends up the entire food chain. That’s why it’s important for us to understand why more than fifty marine species seem driven to ingest plastic debris."

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Partnership Between Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) and NAMEPA

“Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to partner with NAMEPA to bring together leaders from the estuarine protection and restoration sector, and the shipping and maritime industry. This partnership will foster collaboration in tackling some of our coasts’ most pressing challenges and provide a strong foundation working towards protecting our coastal systems, resources, and economies. The nexus between our two organizations provides a natural platform for our partnership and we look forward to working with NAMEPA.” Jeff Benoit, President and CEO.

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