|Babies R Us or Appledore Island?|
When we began the Isles of Shoals Cleanup Series this summer- we had no idea what exactly it would entail. We had a general idea of what was on the islands and pre-cleanup surveys indicated that these Islands, even though they were five miles offshore, were still sites of debris accumulation and some had more than their fair share of derelict lobster traps. We began with Appledore Island, the biggest of all the Isles of Shoals and home to the Shoals Marine Lab because it seemed like the one that would be most accessible and a logical place to start. As part of the project, we wanted to visit at least a few of the islands twice, once in the beginning of the summer and once in the fall to see what would accumulate between the cleanups. As it happens- Appledore will be our only island that will be visited twice in the same field season due to timing, scheduling and the crazy amount of logistics that it takes to coordinate these offshore cleanups!
During our first visit to Appledore we were astounded to discover just how much debris and derelict lobster gear was on the island. At the end of that cleanup we managed to haul off the island over 500lbs of debris and gear. Needless to say, we were all looking forward to seeing what we would be hauling off the island on this last trip. On Friday, September 7th, our crew from NH Sea Grant, Blue Ocean Society and Captain Lee Schatvet from F/V Yesterday's Storm left from Rye Harbor and steamed out to Appledore. On this trip, we would basically have the island to ourselves as the marine lab was being prepared to shut down for the winter. It was an entirely different experience and rather nice and peaceful, actually. Without the constant squawking and dive bombing of nesting gulls and the general hubbub of an island full of students and staff, it really felt like we were stranded in the middle of nowhere.
|Site # 1- Smith Cove|
|BOS's Jen Kennedy and Abby Groneberg weigh the trash pre-sorting!|
|BOS's Amy Warren collecting at Devil's Glen.|
|Lunch Break overlooking Sandpiper Beach|
|Stuffed Giraffe in a bag...an opened McDonald's Happy Meal toy...sigh|
|Algae filled tide pool- and yes...there were fish living in there...|
|The SML "swimming pool"- our last site of the day...|
|One of 15 total disks of the day...|
|What is it about toys and this island???|
|Our peculiar finds...|
|Oh what a tangled web we weave...|
|Final weigh in...|
Final Trash Totals from Appledore Cleanup #2:
13 pieces of flagging
We would like to thank the Shoals Marine Lab for once again allowing us access to the island and to the gator and once again to Capt. Lee Schatvet and Yesterday's Storm,NH Port Authority and NOAA for their help!
P.S. A quick update on the last Appledore cleanup. Back in June we had the assistance from Maine Marine Patrol Officer Dave Testaverde- this time around he was unavailable, so we couldn't touch any traps or even move them to a a more accessible pile. So we noted their existence and moved on. However as we were leaving, I noticed that the two "intact" lobster traps that Officer Testaverde had left for the owners (after contacting them) were still exactly as they had been left. Makes you wonder why we have a law that goes to such lengths to protect gear. I continue to be frustrated by this law.
|Marine Debris Team- BEFORE...|
|Marine Debris Team- AFTER...|