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Fishing4Plastic Tournament Set For Oct. 21

BEAUFORT – Join in the effort Saturday, Oct. 21, to remove plastic and debris from our oceans during the second Fishing4Plastic Tournament.

Hosted by Plastic Ocean Project and held in conjunction with the Carteret County annual fall Big Sweep, organizers anticipate finding plastic and debris from recent hurricanes traveling up from the south via the Gulf Stream.

Tournament participants will join teams and venture offshore to collect plastics from seaweed mats near the Gulf Stream, weather permitting.

Boats will leave at 7 a.m. from their respective slips in the Beaufort area and return no later than 3 p.m. The teams will be dropped off at Topsail Marine Memorial Park public docks at Front and Orange streets in Beaufort. Winning teams will be awarded prizes at the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Front Street at 3:30 p.m. The prize categories are: most man-made debris by weight, most man-made debris by count, and most unusual item.

Singer and songwriter Jack Johnson is matching donations up to $2,500 through the Johnson-Ohanna Foundation, All at Once Initiative, to Plastic Ocean Project Inc., to support the Fishing4Plastic Tournament. Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic is also financially supporting this event that co-sponsored by Crystal Coast Waterkeeper, NC Maritime Museum, and Carteret Big Sweep.

Registration is taking place now for the limited spots. Organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $25 to participate in the tournament. The donation will count toward the Johnson-Ohana Foundation matched funding.

To use your own boat and create a team, Contact Bonnie Monteleone with Plastic Ocean Project Inc. bonnie@plasticoceanproject.org.

To learn more about the Carteret Fall Big Sweep, contact Dee Smith dee_edwards-smith@ncsu.edu.

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