Gulf of Alaska Keeper Marine Debris Cleanup

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Gulf of Alaska Keeper Marine Debris Cleanup

  1. 1. Gulf of Alaska Keeper Marine Debris Remediation 2007 Prince William Sound to Gore Point
  2. 2. Sponsors: NOAA, MCAF, BP, CACS, ALYESKA PIPELINE, ALPAR, REI, USFS
  3. 3. Gulf of Alaska Keeper
  4. 4. Gulf of Alaska Keeper • Recognized Marine Debris Problem
  5. 5. Gulf of Alaska Keeper • Recognized Marine Debris Problem • 2002-04 Prince William Soundkeeper
  6. 6. Gulf of Alaska Keeper • Recognized Marine Debris Problem • 2002-04 Prince William Soundkeeper • 2005-present GoAK
  7. 7. Donors • Local Charter Fleet • Individuals • Foundations • Local Governments • Corporate Sponsors – Oil Companies – Shipping Industry – Tour Industry/Cruise Lines – Local Businesses – Outdoor Recreation and Boating Companies – Fishing Industry
  8. 8. Five Phase Cleanup Program
  9. 9. Five Phase Cleanup Program • Phase 1 – Marine Debris Surveys
  10. 10. Five Phase Cleanup Program • Phase 1 – Marine Debris Surveys • Phase 2 – PWS Volunteer Cleanup
  11. 11. Five Phase Cleanup Program • Phase 1 – Marine Debris Survey • Phase 2 – PWS Volunteer Cleanup • Phase 3 – PWS Professional Cleanup
  12. 12. Five Phase Cleanup Program • Phase 1 – Marine Debris Survey • Phase 2 – PWS Volunteer Cleanup • Phase 3 – PWS Professional Cleanup • Phase 4 – Gulf of AK Professional Cleanup
  13. 13. Five Phase Cleanup Program • Phase 1 – Marine Debris Survey • Phase 2 – PWS Volunteer Cleanup • Phase 3 – PWS Professional Cleanup • Phase 4 – Gulf of AK Professional Cleanup • Phase 5 – MD Monitoring and Net Sampling
  14. 14. Marine Debris Surveys
  15. 15. Marine Debris Surveys
  16. 16. Marine Debris Surveys • All Volunteer • Quantify MD Amount, Type, and Location • Data Used to Assess and Prioritize – Environmental Threat – Use of Volunteer and Professional Labor – Planning, Resource Allocation – Estimate Cost and Efficacy – MD Monitoring Plot Locations
  17. 17. Volunteer Cleanup
  18. 18. Volunteer Cleanup
  19. 19. 2007 PWS Volunteer Cleanup • 100 Volunteers • Beach Crews and Kayak Teams • 3200 Donated Hours • 12 Power Vessels • 740 ALPAR Bags of MD • 50% More Non-bagged MD • 10-12 tons of MD
  20. 20. GoAK Professional PWS Cleanup
  21. 21. GoAK Professional PWS Cleanup Styrofoam & Spill Swill
  22. 22. GoAK Professional PWS Cleanup Nets and Lines
  23. 23. GoAK Professional PWS Cleanup Disposal
  24. 24. 2007 PWS Cleanup – 111 Miles of Shoreline Cleaned
  25. 25. GoAK Naked Island MD Survey and Cleanup Work - 2007 Shorelines Cleaned (all on all five islands), 75 miles Shorelines Surveyed Pre-Cleanup, 50 miles
  26. 26. Eaglek Island E Little Axel Lind Isl. Axel Lind Isl. Bald Head Chris Isl. Cleanup of small island group in northern PWS – all shorelines of Dutch Isl. the islands within the red outline Group were cleaned in 2007– a total of approximately 36 miles of shoreline Lone Island
  27. 27. PWS Cleanup Data • 6-man crew 30 days on site • 111 miles of shoreline cleaned • 2740 bags filled with MD • 24.9 bags of MD per mile cleaned • 50% more non-bagged MD • 40 tons of MD • 21 boatloads
  28. 28. Gore Point Cleanup
  29. 29. Gore Point Shorelines Cleaned in 2007 by GoAK Cleaned Areas Denoted In Red
  30. 30. East Beach
  31. 31. East Beach Log Berm
  32. 32. East Beach
  33. 33. East Beach Forest
  34. 34. Each Beach Forest Cleaned
  35. 35. Portion of East Beach Forest Cleaned
  36. 36. Forest Debris
  37. 37. Cleaned Forest Floor
  38. 38. West Beach
  39. 39. West Beach
  40. 40. North Beach
  41. 41. Bear-Chewed Styrofoam
  42. 42. Net Nightmare
  43. 43. Cutting Ship Fender
  44. 44. Ship Fender Helicopter Ready
  45. 45. Stuffing Super Sacks
  46. 46. North Beach Sling Work
  47. 47. West Beach Sling Work
  48. 48. Loaded Landing Craft
  49. 49. Disposal
  50. 50. Gore Point Cleanup Stats • 7-man crew 56 days on site • 860 volunteer hours • 2200 large garbage bags filled • 230 Super Sacks filled • Approximately 50% more non-bagged debris collected • 45 tons of MD collected – 25 tons from ½-mile Gore Pt. East beach – 10 tons from 2 miles of East and North beaches – 10 tons from 68 miles of nearby beaches • Filled 100-foot barge
  51. 51. PWS Marine Debris Monitoring Sites Established in 2006
  52. 52. Marine Debris Monitoring • Rate of MD Accumulation • Quantify MD Type and Origin • Compare Past MD to Current MD • Identify Areas Most Impacted
  53. 53. Marine Debris Monitoring
  54. 54. Net Sampling for type of fishery, man- ufacturer and/or country of origin

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