By: Kim Albins
One of the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s projects in 2013 focuses on derelict vessel removal in Alabama’s Dog River. The removal began with a bang, and we’re already making progress with a team surveying each vessel and collecting baseline data on habitat, water quality, accessibility and impact of the vessel to residents and park goers. The diverse team includes folks from Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, local non-profit Dog River Clearwater Revival, and national non-profit Ocean Conservancy.
In November, I personally assisted DISL graduate student, Caitlin Wessel, in the survey of two of these vessels (see photos below). The team surveyed 30 vessels and will soon use the data to prioritize them for removal. Meanwhile, the team is developing signs to inform boaters of rules and regulations regarding mooring of vessels in state waters. Stay tuned for more!
Wildlife sighting: Two Bald Eagles!
Funny moment: I got stuck in the mud!