Like all shores around the world, the Pacific Northwest region is plagued by marine debris. Luckily, there are some pretty awesome efforts currently underway to combat this pervasive problem.
One such project is working to remove derelict crab pots from 20 square miles along the Washington Coast. With support from a NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant, The Nature Conservancy and the Quileute Indian Tribe aren’t just removing derelict pots, but are also developing a sustainable lost pot reporting and annual recovery program, as well as conducting education and outreach! For more on this project, check out this blog or the project profile on our website. A similar project with the Quinault Indian Nation has been ongoing since 2014.
The Northwest Straits Foundation (NWSF) is also doing some exciting things in the Pacific Northwest! With the support of a NOAA Marine Debris Program Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach Grant, they’re conducting outreach to tribal, commercial, and recreational fishermen and crabbers about the impacts of derelict gear, how to prevent gear loss, and how to report lost nets. These efforts include the development of informational videos that teach viewers how to properly rig and deploy their pots! For more on this project, check out the project profile on our website.
There are lots of cool things going on in the Pacific Northwest! Keep your eyes on our blog this week for more!