|White Island from F/V Yesterday's Storm|
As we got to the island and launched the skiff from the fishing vessel Yesterday's Storm, it soon became clear that it would not only be difficult simply to land on the island - it would be nearly impossible to load derelict lobster traps and other debris onto the skiff, so we could transport them onto the fishing vessel and bring them to the dumpster in Rye Harbor. OK... on to Plan B.
|Amy Warren and the iconic Haley House on Smuttynose Island|
There aren't any terns to worry about here - but there are great black-backed gulls, and they weren't always too excited to see us (even though we kept telling them that we were ridding their habitat of harmful marine debris). We can't say we weren't warned...
This is a sampling of what we found:
- 66 Lobster Trap Pieces
- 37 Pieces of rope (including two pieces that were about 240 and 100' long!)
- 3 Beverage Cans
- 8 Balloons
- 4 Plastic Bags
- 49 Plastic Bottles (it always astounds me how many plastic bottles we find on these islands... and none even have messages in them...)
- 37 Pieces of plastic
- 64 Pieces of foam
- 118 Pieces of glass
|Gabby Bradt from NH Sea Grant, with our haul from the day|
We have had a great season of Shoals cleanups so far - before today, we had already removed about 700 pounds of marine debris from Star Island and Appledore Island. We are still hoping to get out to White Island to get that debris before the end of June... stay tuned...