To kick off the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project, the federation held coastline cleanup projects in three locations on Jan. 14: Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks, Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve in Holly Ridge along Stump Sound and Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail in Atlantic Beach.
Between the three locations, 138 volunteers worked to pick up more than 4,500 pounds of onshore marine debris.
Erica Connery, an AmeriCorps member with the federation’s Wanchese office, created a video showcasing the types of trash found during the cleanup at Hatteras Island.
Later in January, 72 fishermen removed derelict and hazardous crab pots from sound waters along the coast. Thanks to a $100,000 appropriation from the General Assembly, this was the first time the project had expanded beyond northeastern North Carolina.
- Kicking Off the Federation’s Marine Debris Removal Efforts
- Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project
- Marine Debris Cleanup Effort Expanded
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