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2009-07-29 09:00:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Swirling off the coast of California in the Pacific Ocean is a growing trash vortex twice the size of Texas, filled with plastic bags, bottles and other debris. This isn't a scene from the latest apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster; it's a startling fact. Taking its name from the top marine litter choking oceans and other waterways throughout the country, Planet Green today launched Ban the Bags, Butts and Bottles Challenge!, inviting people to...

2009-06-19 09:39:00

Innovative fishing gear disposal program hosts inaugural event in Maine PORTLAND, Maine, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishing for Energy is hooking up the City of Portland to facilitate the disposal of unusable fishing gear from the area's fishermen serviced by the Portland Fish Exchange. Portland is the first fishing community in Maine to partner with Fishing for Energy, an innovative partnership that provides a no-cost solution for fishermen to dispose of old fishing gear which is then turned...

2009-06-08 17:31:00

The Fishing for Energy partnership is seeking port nominations to help collect derelict fishing gear that is damaging to marine life and their habitats WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Fishing for Energy, a partnership aimed at reducing marine debris, is celebrating World Oceans Day by seeking nominations for U.S. ports to participate in the innovative program created to collect derelict fishing gear that threatens marine life. The Fishing for Energy partnership is an initiative between...

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2009-05-06 10:15:48

According to a UN report released Wednesday, lost and discarded fishing nets continue to trap fish for years and are becoming a growing threat to the planet's marine ecosystem. "The report estimates that abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear in the oceans makes up around 10 percent, (640,000 tons) of all marine litter," the UN Environmental Program said in a statement. The study, co-authored by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), noted the increasing severity of the problem...

2009-05-04 11:28:00

More than 10,000 Pounds of Marine Debris Collected in Effort to Protect the Right Whales' Habitat SANDWICH, Mass., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Stellwagen Alive announced today a record 10,000 pounds of marine debris has been netted to protect more than 70 endangered Right whales that use the waters between Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary as their spring feeding area. As part of a two-year initiative to locate and remove marine debris harmful to the Stellwagen Bank...

2009-03-11 12:59:33

A U.S. environmental group says human trash is fouling the world's oceans and is mainly due to carelessness and indifference. The Ocean Conservancy released a report detailing the nearly 7 million pounds of flotsam and jetsam picked up during a 1-day cleanup drive last year and warned it adds to the overall stress on the oceans. If organisms and ecosystems in the ocean are going to resist or recover from the impacts of climate change, they need to be as healthy and resilient as possible,...

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2009-03-11 07:15:00

A new report, released Tuesday by the Ocean Conservancy, warns that enormous amounts of man-made trash are threatening the world's oceans, damaging wildlife and harming the seafood and tourism industries. The garbage is further stressing seas already affected by global climate change, the report said. The report called the "tidal wave of ocean debris a major pollution problem of the 21st century." The Ocean Conservancy said its report, entitled "A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can...

2008-10-13 03:00:23

By Anonymous There's a new Dumpster in town, and its marine debris contents will help generate electricity, thanks to a joint venture between Waste Management, Blue Ocean Society and the University of New Hampshire. Located at the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative in Seabrook, the Dumpster - donated by Waste Management - is part of the N.H. Marine Debris-to-Energy Project, which since April has been collecting marine debris, abandoned fishing gear and other items that can harm the marine...

2008-10-01 03:00:13

By Bamford, Holly A McElwee, Kris; Morishige, Carey Creating Partnerships and Innovative Solutions to an Ocean and Coastal Threat In 2005, the receding iloodwaters of Hurricane Katrina deposited tons of material offshore, creating a marine debris problem hazardous to fishing and boating activities. Thousands of mi les away i n the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, more than 50 tons of derelict fishing gear accumulates in the shallow waters of these remote islands each year, damaging coral...

2008-09-23 18:00:21

BEACHES were cleaned as part of an international event. Workers, families, youngsters and even some pets turned out to help with the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch on Saturday. Local firm OSG organised and sponsored a clean-up effort at Tynemouth Longsands, supported by the Blue Reef Aquarium. On the day, around 100 people turned out, with OSG funding the entire morning's efforts and providing all equipment, food and free entry to the aquarium for all participants....


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  • A spider.
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