Project Removes 86 Tons of Marine Trash in 2012

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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