Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Derelict Fishing Gear Removed From Florida Artificial Reefs


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.
  • Covanta.
  • 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.
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!