Some of the 12,166 pieces of debris bagged up for removal at Rich's Head, Frenchboro, Long Island, Maine. June 2012 with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. (Left to right: Kyle Vowels, Andrew Randazzo, Sloane Suciu, Kayla Lubold, Conor Grant and Blais Hickey). Photo/The Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean/

The Rozalia Project, which seeks to document and remove debris from the world’s waterways, had a busy year.

In 2012, the project’s staff and volunteers:

  • Removed 526,481 pieces of marine debris weighing over 86 tons from the marine environment.
  • Worked with 10,529 participants of all ages.
  • Partnered with the Vermont Department of Labor and employed 41 people, who lost their homes or jobs because of Hurricane Irene or who were long-term unemployed, to pick up marine debris throughout the state of Vermont.
  • Included 19 interns in Vermont and onboard American Promise conducting science and research, delivering marine education/STEM programs and learning to sail.
  • Visited 72 partner and host locations in 17 states, including the America’s Cup World Series in Newport; Pier 39 in San Francisco; Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum and Bridgehouse Museum in downtown Chicago.
  • Ranked 5 cities in terms of average floating trash density in particles per square kilometer by conducting surface net tows in the following urban harbors: Los Angeles (282,000); Boston (58,557), San Francisco (24,400), San Diego (21,000) and Chicago (8,500). A full report is expected in early 2013.
  • Completed phase 1 testing of a low-bycatch marine debris net that excludes organic matter and traps manmade particles.

To learn more about the Rozalia Project, CLICK HERE.


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