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6 jb task force marine debris presentation

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update on Marine Debris in Jamaica bay with a highlight on mapping and GPS ing all of the debris within the bay

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6 jb task force marine debris presentation

  1. 1. Marine Debris in Jamaica Bay Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same. The American Littoral Society is currently conducting shoreline cleanups and promoting source reduction efforts as part of a marine debris removal project: Jamaica Bay Marine Debris Removal and Data-driven Prevention Pilot Project This project is generously funded through the NOAA Restoration Center and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Our Partners in marine debris removal
  2. 2. We have been working with funders, partners, and volunteers to remove large marine debris since 2002. Together we’ve removed hundreds of derelict vessels and other large debris.
  3. 3. Sandy greatly increased the amount of Marine Debris in Jamaica Bay and it’s surrounding water bodies. Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same.
  4. 4. Hazard to Navigation Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same. Negative Effects of Large & Small Marine Debris Injury to beachgoers Toxic to the Environment Entanglement of/Ingestion by Wildlife Loss of Tourism Dollars Expensive to Remove Smothers Marshland
  5. 5. Over 600 derelict vessels, boat fragments, personal watercraft and docks/portions of docks were catalogued. GPS Coordinates Measurements Descriptions Large Marine Debris Present As of March 2013
  6. 6. Large Marine Debris Removed Post Sandy American Littoral Society Big Egg Marsh/Broad Channel American Park Dubos Point Spring Creek Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge ACOE, JB Ecowatchers, NPS Floyd Bennet Field Dead Horse Bay Plum Beach
  7. 7. Motivated Volunteers Marine Contractor Demolition Contractors Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same. Large marine debris removal can be difficult and expensive Over 180,000 pounds of large debris has been removed from Jamaica Bay since 2010.
  8. 8. “Current” Map of Large Debris 133 Boats/Personal Watercrafts 132 Boat Fragments/Engines 171 Docks/Portions of Docks Sunk or Relocated by Tides Hidden by Vegetation Buried by Sand Removed by Other Organizations
  9. 9. Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same. Vessels should be maintained and disposed of properly. Some charities accept donated boats and will even pick them up from you For $20.00 the DOS will accept a boat at it’s facilities in Brooklyn as long as the fluids have been removed and the person dropping off the boat has ownership papers. Call (718) 642-4290 before 3pm to arrange for disposal. Spread the word! Prevention is Important
  10. 10. Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same. The New York State Beach Cleanup We have been organizing the annual International Coastal Cleanup in New York State since 1986. In 2014 we had 6,891 volunteers at 248 sites Volunteer’s document on data cards the kinds of debris they remove. Together they removed 46 tons of debris. The data is sent to the Ocean Conservancy for analysis. The resultant studies produce strategies to reduce marine debris at the source.
  11. 11. 60 to 80% of marine debris is made up of plastic. According to the Ocean Conservancy’s data, most of the top ten items collected during the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup were PLASTIC. Plastic Grocery Bags 940.170 Plastic Contains Toxins TOXINS are released into water as the plastic breaks down into ever smaller pieces. “Disposable” plastic items can take HUNDREDS of years or more to disappear from the environment.
  12. 12. If we don’t do something, the ocean may look like this or worse! Plastic already out numbers plankton by a wide margin.
  13. 13. WATER CANDY WATERWATER The more garbage you produce, the more likely it is that some of it will find its way to the ocean.
  14. 14. Each year, an estimated 38,000,000,000 plastic bottles are incinerated or sent to landfills in the U.S. That averages out to more than 730 million bottles each week. That means that each week we discard more bottles then it takes to circle the earth. It takes the equivalent of 3 liters of water to produce just one liter of bottled water 17 million barrels of oil are used to supply the U.S with plastic bottles each year. Once a plastic bottle is opened, bacteria can grow quickly unless the bottle is refrigerated. WATERWATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATERWATER WATER WATERWATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATERWATER WATER WATER
  15. 15. Our beaches are covered with single-use items Buying and utilizing reusable items save money
  16. 16. In New York alone, we use approximately 5.2 billion carryout bags per year. Plastic bags harm marine animals through both ingestion and entanglement BYOB
  17. 17. Cigarette filters are plastic. They are not biodegradable Laboratory tests found that the chemicals from just one cigarette butt had the ability to kill fish living in a one-liter bucket of water. They break up into tiny pieces that can be eaten by marine life
  18. 18. Most people do not realize the damage that releasing balloons can cause to wildlife. There are more Eco-friendly ways you can celebrate instead, but be sure not to leave anything behind that is not organic!
  19. 19. Many fishing areas have recycling bins for used fishing line and some ports now accept old nets and traps and recycle them. Dead and dying Terrapins are frequently found in abandoned fishing gear and birds and other creatures are often entangled in fishing line, ropes and nets.
  20. 20. Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Restrict & Refrain Whenever Possible And Help The Ocean Look Like This!

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