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2011-08-12 11:30:00

BELFORD, N.J., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Seafood Cooperative of Belford is the latest addition to the Fishing for Energy initiative, the program providing commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear. Gear, such as rope and fishing nets collected at the Co-op will be processed into clean, renewable energy at the Covanta Union Energy-from-Waste facility in Rahway, NJ. Fishing for Energy is a partnership between the Morristown, NJ-based...

2011-07-15 12:00:00

MIAMI, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Point Marina is the first harbor in Florida to join the Fishing for Energy initiative. On July 16th, volunteers in kayaks, canoes, and flat boats will hunt for and collect derelict crab pots at sea to be placed in a Fishing for Energy disposal bin back on land. Gear collected at the harbor will be stripped of metals for recycling with the help of Schnitzer Steel and processed into clean, renewable energy at the Miami-Dade County Resources Recovery...

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2011-07-04 07:57:22

SEAPLEX researchers estimate tens of thousands of tons of debris annually ingested by fish in middle ocean depths of North Pacific Ocean The first scientific results from an ambitious voyage led by a group of graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego offer a stark view of human pollution and its infiltration of an area of the ocean that has been labeled as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Two graduate students with the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of...

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2011-06-30 05:05:00

The number of U.S. beach closings and health advisories reached 24,091 in 2010, the second-highest level in 21 years, according to an annual beach water report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The survey of water quality and public notifications, entitled "Testing the Waters", confirms that our nation's beaches continue to suffer from bacterial pollution that puts swimmers at risk, the non-profit group said. Using data gathered at more than 3,200 U.S....

2011-06-30 00:00:27

Green Builder Media announced today that environmentalist and explorer, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, will be the next visionary presenter for its Impact Series: Game Changers in Sustainability webinar program. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 29, 2011 Green Builder Media announced today that environmentalist and explorer, Dr. Marcus Eriksen, will be the next visionary presenter for its Impact Series: Game Changers in Sustainability webinar program. Eriksen will join Green Builder Media President Ron Jones...

2011-06-08 11:38:00

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishing for Energy, the unique partnership providing fishermen with a cost-free solution for recycling and recovering energy from old fishing gear, is commemorating World Ocean's Day this year with the achievement of a significant milestone - collecting one million pounds of old fishing gear and marine debris since the program's inception in 2008. A partnership among Covanta Energy Corporation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the...

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2011-05-16 09:27:57

Use your smart phone to tackle a growing problem Summer is around the corner and millions of people worldwide will be heading to beaches and waterways for sun and fun. Will they find clean beaches and clear waterways? With bottles, cans, abandoned or lost fishing gear and other marine debris washing up on our shores each year, the University of Georgia and NOAA have teamed up to create a new, innovative cell phone reporting mechanism to combat the marine debris problem. This high-tech tool,...

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2011-04-06 14:00:55

The huge tsunami triggered by the 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake destroyed coastal towns near Sendai in Japan, washing such things as houses and cars into the ocean. Projections of where this debris might head have been made by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maximenko has developed a model based on the behavior of drifting buoys deployed over years in the ocean for scientific purposes. The debris first spreads out eastward...

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2011-01-05 07:25:00

There is a lot of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, but claims that the "Great Garbage Patch" between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an analysis by an Oregon State University scientist. Further claims that the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton, and that the patch has been growing tenfold each decade since the 1950s are equally misleading, pointed out Angelicque "Angel" White, an assistant professor of...


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