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A "Plethora of Potties"

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Taking some time during my lunch break I decided to browse through some of today’s marine debris-related headlines. There aren’t actually too many articles today. One of them catches my eye and, if for the title alone, I felt the need the blog about it!

It’s from the Daily Democrat and called (are you ready?), “Divers reel in plethora of potties off state’s coast as part of UC Davis project“. Perhaps it’s due to the two king-sized mugs of coffee I’ve already had today (it’s only 1:30pm), or reflective of the true state of my brain, but my mind immediately began conjuring colorful images of benthic commodes, fishy latrines, seafloor…well, toilets.

So, here’s the jist of the article: Professional divers with the UC Davis-based California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project (a very cool project by the way!) removed more than a few “potties” off a reef near the Malibu Coast. They don’t know how the commodes got onto the reef.

Here’s the bottom line(s): Those potties didn’t grow out of the reef themselves and fish don’t need toilets. In other words, like all other marine debris, we (humans) put those toilets there somehow, for some reason, perhaps even by accident. And, just like the tiny bits of plastic floating out in the Pacific or the derelict fishing net tumbling over a reef here in my backyard (Hawaii), it simply doesn’t belong there. I’m glad to see the toilets removed and my heartfelt thanks goes out to the project divers who took the time to pick-up the plethora of potties (say that 5 times really fast)!

Keep the Sea Free of Debris!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

One thought on “A "Plethora of Potties"

  1. Actually, as marine debris goes potties aren’t a bad thing. The ceramic is a great base for coraline algae and other similar marine critters/organisms to attach and grow. The potties are inert and don’t leach any contaminants into the marine environment. They make nice artificial reef structure. I’d rather have seen the UC Davis folks picking up debris like fishing gear that continues to trap and kill critters – or plastics that concentrate toxics and get eaten by marine life. Just saying….

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