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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...

2010-12-07 17:01:00

MOSS LANDING, Calif., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Moss Landing Harbor will be the first harbor in California to join the Fishing for Energy initiative on December 9th. A day-long collection will be held, providing commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear. Gear collected at the harbor will be stripped of metals for recycling at Schnitzer Steel and processed into clean, renewable energy at the Covanta Stanislaus Energy-from-Waste facility in Crows...

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2010-11-04 12:30:00

According to researchers studying the impacts of debris on marine life, one in three loggerhead turtles in the Adriatic Sea has plastic in its intestine. The shallow waters in the Adriatic Sea are an important place for the turtles to feed as they develop into adults. However, the seafloor there is one of the most polluted in Europe. Researchers studied the bodies of dead sea turtles that had been stranded or accidentally caught by fishing vessels. The team found that animals ranging from...

2010-10-22 15:54:00

PORT OF ASTORIA, Ore., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oregon port of Astoria 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 collected at the port will be stripped of metals for recycling with the help of Schnitzer Steel in Portland and processed into clean, renewable energy at the Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste facility in Brooks, OR. Fishing for Energy is a partnership...

2010-09-21 13:39:00

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Covanta Energy Corporation and Project Kaisei have joined forces to clean up ocean debris as part of a project commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The partnership was formally announced today during the opening plenary at CGI's annual meeting in New York. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Both...

2010-09-21 11:56:00

Plastic Disclosure Project Driven by the Community of Socially Responsible Investors around the World, Aimed at the Global Reduction of Plastic Waste SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During the opening plenary session, President Bill Clinton formally kicked-off the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP), announcing collaboration with Doug Woodring, one of the co-founders of Project Kaisei, and his project partners ASrIA (The Association for Sustainable and Responsible...

2010-09-20 13:36:00

NORTHPORT, N.Y., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and the Long Island port of Northport are the second recipients of a grant award from the Fishing for Energy initiative, a program which has provided commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear at 18 ports along the East Coast. The funds received will be used to locate derelict lobster gear in the waters off Western Long Island Sound. Once found, commercial...

2010-09-10 14:01:00

PROVINCETOWN, Mass., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts port of Provincetown is receiving the first grant award of the Fishing for Energy initiative, a program which has provided commercial fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear at 11 Massachusetts ports. The grant will be used to improve efforts to remove derelict fishing gear from the waters between Long Point and the breakwater in Provincetown harbor. This announcement marks an expansion of the...

2010-08-30 11:36:00

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey port of Barnegat Light 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 collected at the port will be stripped of metals for recycling with the help of Schnitzer Steel and processed into clean, renewable energy at the Covanta Union Energy-from-Waste facility in Rahway, NJ. Fishing for Energy is a partnership...

2010-06-23 17:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishing for Energy, the unique partnership providing fishermen with a cost-free solution to recycle and recover energy from old fishing gear, has received the Coastal America Partnership Award. This award is presented to groups for their outstanding efforts to protect, preserve, and restore the nation's coastal resources and ecosystems through collaborative action and partnership. Established in 2008, Fishing for Energy is an initiative among Covanta...