May 24, 2018
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  • Anonymous

    Having  walked more than a few Maine shore and island beaches it is hard to avoid the obvious conclusion that a lot of the trash comes from the professional fishing and lobstering fleet. Some of it is unavoidable, as buoys, lines or traps are lost due to storms or pleasure boats running over them.  However, engine or transmission oil, solvent and spray-paint containers, blocks of styrofoam and other such “industrial” waste doesn’t come from pleasure boaters or sports-fisherman and there is far too much of it. It is one thing to make one’s living from the ocean; it is another thing to respect its nature.

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely agree with you, and I’m a lobster fisherman.  Guys think nothing of throwing a pair of gloves, or anything else, overboard when they are done with them.  A few years ago, I saw a young guy who was sterning on a boat that moors near me throw a pair of used gloves overboard.  I happened to be going by in my skiff, I picked up the gloves and handed them to him and said, “here, you dropped these”.  We keep a large trash bag on board for our trash, as well as anything man-made that comes up in our traps.

      A couple of summers ago, my  wife walked the shoreline collecting returnables.  By the end of the summer, she had collected enough to buy us a 42″ flat screen.  We live in such a beautiful area and I just can’t understand the mentality that the ocean is just a big trash can.

  • Anonymous

    This effort is unique because it brings together a number of organizations with a shared interest in protecting the ocean.  The article mentions a handful of organizations involved, but several others played critical roles, including the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation who arranged for the dumpster and covered the cost of trash disposal.

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