Monday, August 1, 2011

Join Us at Our Trash Bash on Thursday, August 4!

Trash Bash - A Celebration for a Clean Ocean

Thursday, August 4Image courtesy The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean
5:00-7:00 PM
Kittery Point Yacht Yard
48 Bowen Road
Kittery, ME
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For over 10 years, we've studied marine debris on shore - and learned a lot about trends in marine debris and potential impacts on the marine environment. We are just beginning to study marine debris underwater, and are excited that we'll be taking giant steps to learn more about the amounts of marine debris off our shores with work that will be done along the New Hampshire coastline this week!
We're excited to be working with The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean ( August 2-5 to look for accumulations of marine debris along the New Hampshire coastline using sidescan sonar. This initial mapping of marine debris off our coast will allow us to develop a plan for removal.  This effort is part of our NOAA-funded Marine Debris to Energy Project, a project to detect, monitor and remove marine debris along the coastline from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts.

The work will be done aboard the American Promise, a 60-foot sailing vessel made famous by Dodge Morgan's solo round-the-world voyage, and used for the last twenty years as a offshore sail training vessel for the United States Naval Academy.

Come check out the Rozalia project's trash-finding ROV in action, tour American Promise and chat with Rozalia Project and Blue Ocean Society crew at our Trash Bash this Thursday! Enjoy food and drink, and win Rozalia Project t-shirts and goodies thanks to the Boat US Foundation. This is great for all ages and is free Rozalia Project logoand open to the public.

This event is brought to you by Rozalia Project with the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, Boat US FoundationKittery Point Yacht Yard andOptima Bank. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event Facebook page or call Blue Ocean Society at 603-431-0260, or respond to this email. You can find directions to the Kittery Point Yacht Yard (Kittery location) here.
Marine Debris to Energy Project partners: Blue Ocean Society for Marine ConservationNH Sea GrantUNH Cooperative Extension and University of Georgia. Derelict fishing gear detection and removal work done in partnership with NH Commercial Fishermen's Association, NH Fish and Game, NH Port Authority, Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen's Association, Waste Management and Wheelabrator Technologies