Times Beacon Record: To help remove abandoned lobster traps in the Long Island Sound and recycle them into renewable energy, local lobstermen cleaned up the sea floor near Northport and Huntington [New York] over the summer. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County received more than $250,000 in grants from the Fishing for Energy partnership between fishing and marine groups to employ lobstermen in these coastal towns to collect the derelict fishing gear.
Fishing for Energy is a partnership between Covanta Energy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. that provides a no-cost solution for fishermen to dispose of old fishing gear that is left in the marine environment and works to reduce the amount of derelict fishing gear in and around coastal waterways.
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