On World Oceans Day, Fishing for Energy Expands Search for Marine Debris
The Fishing for Energy partnership is seeking port nominations to help collect derelict fishing gear that is damaging to marine life and their habitats
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., which provides a cost-free solution for fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear. Established in
“The inaugural observance of World Oceans Day by the United Nations is an important way to raise awareness of the current challenges faced by the world’s oceans and expand our efforts to reduce the amount of marine debris plaguing our waters. This day is better than any other to reach out to encourage people to nominate their local port for participation in the Fishing for Energy program,” said
Without proper disposal systems in place, countless tons of derelict fishing gear and marine debris make their way into oceans each year. Marine debris contributes to wildlife entanglement or ingestion, marine habitat damage and impaired navigational safety.
To nominate a port and bring Fishing for Energy to your community, fill out a port nomination form found at www.nfwf.org/fishingforenergy or contact
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 Steel 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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