By: Leah Henry
Hofstra University, Long Beach School District, and Long Island Volunteer Center spearheaded a successful cleanup last fall with support from the NOAA Marine Debris Program. And they inspired additional well-attended volunteer events throughout the spring of 2015. The project laid the grown work by repairing existing structures (boardwalks, stairs, and bridges), which then provided access to the marsh for subsequent debris removals. Volunteers invested thousands of hours in removing over 45 tons of debris.
In American Littoral Society’s (ALS) marine debris removal pilot project they targeted saltmarsh and intertidal flats to improve essential fish habitat and help prevent future marine debris accumulation. ALS is developing a new marine debris reduction outreach program for local communities, a more compelling way to present the data collected, and they are implementing a proven marine debris reduction certification program to encourage debris reduction in local waterways.
And with support from NOAA MDP Cornell University Cooperative Extension (CCE) and its partners remove derelict fishing gear from deep waters of the Long Island Sound in New York. In addition to removing gear, CCE assesses and quantifies the extent and distribution of derelict lobster gear. CCE technicians record the condition of bycatch ensnared in traps and create composite Geographic Information System data layers and maps of areas cleared of the traps. The salvageable derelict traps are returned when possible, and the rest are recycled.