Stellwagen Sweep: Sandwich Reels in Big One
More than 10,000 Pounds of Marine Debris Collected in Effort to Protect the Right Whales’ Habitat
As part of a two-year initiative to locate and remove marine debris harmful to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in order to restore and protect marine life, Stellwagen Sweep:
The Fishing for Energy partnership is an initiative between Covanta Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Working together and with Stellwagen Alive, these organizations are providing a no-cost solution for fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear.
“Restoring and preserving the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is essential to our overall mission,” said Dr.
Gear collected during the Sweep will be taken to the Schnitzer Steel facility in
“Working with Stellwagen Alive on this project allows us to help support an initiative that is directly in line with Fishing for Energy priorities — cleaning up the marine environment and removing the threat that derelict fishing gear creates,” said
Additional Sweep events are planned along the
About Stellwagen Alive
Stellwagen Alive is an independent 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to restore and preserve the marine environment known as Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Stellwagen Alive also acts in an advisory capacity to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary office in Scituate, MA. Stellwagen Sweep is a two year program to locate, identify and remove an estimated 100 tons of marine debris and derelict fishing gear from the waters in and around Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Fore more information, visit: http://stellwagenalive.org.
About Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Congress designated the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in 1992 as “an area of special national significance.” The sanctuary stretches between Cape Ann and
Covanta Energy is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta’s 38 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. For more information, visit: www.covantaenergy.com.
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.
The NOAA Marine Debris Program, housed within the Office of Response & Restoration, coordinates, strengthens, and increases the visibility of marine debris issues and efforts within the agency, its partners, and the public. The program supports activities at both a national and international level focused on identifying, reducing and preventing debris from entering the marine environment. NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) protects coastal and marine resources, mitigates threats, reduces harm, and restores ecological function. For more information, visit: www.marinedebris.noaa.gov.
About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
Schnitzer Stell Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled ferrous metal products in
About National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
A nonprofit established by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation sustains, restores and enhances the Nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Since its establishment, NFWF has awarded nearly 9,500 grants to over 3,000 organizations in
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