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Marine Debris in Jamaica Bay

Eco WatchersACOENPSNYCPDEPDEC

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

We have been working with funders, partners, and volunteers to remove large marine debris since 2002.

Together weve removed hundreds of derelict vessels and other large debris.

Sandy greatly increased the amount of Marine Debris in Jamaica Bay and its surrounding water bodies.

Since 1961, the American Littoral Society has defended the coast from harm and empowered others to do the same.

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 DebrisInjury to beachgoersToxic to the EnvironmentEntanglement of/Ingestion by WildlifeLoss of Tourism DollarsExpensive to RemoveSmothers Marshland

Over 600 derelict vessels, boat fragments, personal watercraft and docks/portions of docks were catalogued.GPS CoordinatesMeasurementsDescriptionsLarge Marine Debris Present As of March 2013

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Large Marine Debris Removed Post SandyAmerican Littoral SocietyBig Egg Marsh/Broad Channel American ParkDubos Point

Spring CreekJamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

ACOE, JB Ecowatchers, NPSFloyd Bennet FieldDead Horse BayPlum Beach

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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.

Current Map of Large Debris

133 Boats/Personal Watercrafts132 Boat Fragments/Engines171 Docks/Portions of DocksSunk or Relocated by TidesHidden by VegetationBuried by SandRemoved by Other Organizations

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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.

Department of Sanitation

Donating to charitySome charities accept donated boats and will even pick them up from youFor $20.00 the DOS will accept a boat at its 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

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 sitesVolunteers 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.

60 to 80% of marine debris is made up of plastic. According to the Ocean Conservancys data, most of the top ten items collected during the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup were PLASTIC.PlasticBottles

Cigarette Butts(with plasticfilters) Food WrappersPlastic Bottle CapsStraws, StirrersPlastic Grocery BagsGlass Beverage BottlesOther Plastic BagsPaper BagsBeverage Cans2,043,4701,685,422940.170847.972555,007441,493394.796389,088368,746339,170

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XXXPlastic 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.

If we dont do something, the ocean may look like this or worse! Plastic already out numbers plankton by a wide margin.

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The more garbage you produce, the more likely it is that some of it will find its way to the ocean.

Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Restrict, Resist, Refrain

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.

Almost 50% of US

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Bottled water can cost thousands of times more than tap water.$$$$

Once a plastic bottle is opened, bacteria can grow quickly unless the bottle is refrigerated.

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Say Goodbye to Single-use Items.

Beverage

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PaperTowelsFind Reusable Alternatives

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Our beaches are covered withsingle-use items

Buying and utilizing reusable items save money

In New York alone, we use approximately 5.2 billion carryout bags per year.

That amount of bags, laid end to end, would reach to the moon and back.

Plastic bags harm marine animals through both ingestion and entanglement

NOYESBYOB

Dont Toss Your Butts They Are Toxic

Cigarette filters are plastic. They are not biodegradable

5,000,000,000tossed awayworldwide

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.Cigarettes Pollute Your Lungsthe Air And the Water

They break up into tiny pieces that can be eaten by marine lifeSpread the Word!

# 1 Item on BeachesIn U.S

Most people do not realize the damage that releasing balloons can cause to wildlife. REFRAIN:Dont Let Go Of Balloons

There are more Eco-friendly ways you can celebrate instead,but be sure not to leave anything behind that is not organic!Fly a kite

Blow bubbles

Plant native flowers

Light a candle (and put it out.)

Many fishing areas have recycling bins for used fishing line and some ports now accept old nets and traps and recycle them.

Encourage fisherman to dispose of unwanted fishing gear properly.Dispose of Unwanted Fishing Line and Gear Properly

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.

Abandoned Fishing Gear Kills Endangered Marine Mammals and Turtles

Encourage fisherman to dispose of unwanted fishing gear properly.

Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Restrict & Refrain Whenever Possible And Help The Ocean Look Like This!