A project to remove derelict fishing gear from the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves on the southwest coast of Florida has recently been completed.
The project was undertaken by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with a broad range of organizations, including:
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
- The NOAA Marine Debris Program.
- Schnitzer Steel.
During the effort, the department removed a stunning 4,000lbs/~1814kg of debris. The removed items include 257 anchors, 20 cast nets, and 32 fishing poles.
Fortunately, the debris was not removed from the sea to damage the land. The removed items were taken to a local Covanta Energy facility, where it was converted to energy.
You can find out more information here, or check out a video of the removal below.