ODA Volunteers Continue to Clean-Up into 2020, March Update
By Michelle Lehto - Project Leader
You’re appreciated at ODA!
I’m sure you agree…nothing feels better than knowing our volunteers pull massive abandoned traps, tires, and hundreds of pounds of net and plastic trash from beaches and waterways.
We're happy to share – since our last report – that because of your support ODA’s teams of volunteers have participated in numerous clean-up outings, Here's some highlights:
Mid-December 2019, twenty-three (23) of our Hawai'i crew managed to remove hazardous ghost gear despite challenges. The haul wasn’t as large as is usual, but we still got about 70 pounds of lead weights and 1,000 feet of fishing lines.
Early January 2020, numerous volunteers removed microplastics and trash of all kinds from 2 beaches in Hawai'i.
Late January 2020, forty-five (45) volunteers descended on & in Honokohau Harbor. In all, we removed roughly 2,000 pounds of marine debris of all sorts, plus 45 tires!! The floor of the harbor let loose a sigh of relief as 5,300 pounds of debris will pollute the harbor no more.
In February 2020, volunteers collected debris on and below the surface near Los Angeles Harbor. The team removed fishing line, mylar balloons, and about 50 pounds of gill nets.
Our unfortunate reality is that people continue to pollute, and commercial fishing operations continually lose deadly fishing gear. Every year, more than 600,000 tons of commercial fishing equipment is lost in our global oceans.
As you can see ODA’s work is vital! You and your ODA teams are pulling together to remove debris from our life-giving oceans; it’s a partnership made in oceanic heaven. We have the same heart for the ocean ecosystems, and we have the same goal of making it safe for all forms of life!
THANK YOU for joining the “fight alongside us” in defense of ocean life. With your help, ODA’s crews save more wildlife & clean more water!
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