More trash from around our neighborhood that won’t get into the waterways. The red line on the map shows the boundaries of the current trash pick up area. The blue line is today’s route. Pretty typical stuff: cigarette butts, plastic bottles, bottle caps, aluminum cans and a variety of miscellaneous debris.
It’s been awhile since the last trash report. Over the years we have cleaned up most of the bulky items we find on our tours, much of it tangled in the mangrove roots. That said we’ve decided to add trash we collect from other locations, like around our shop and even our neighborhoods. Our hope is that by doing this it will encourage others to pitch in. We don’t need any new laws and it doesn’t matter who the politicians are.
Today’s catch. In the winter, we typically see less debris, but it’s always there. We hope our trash blogs will encourage everyone to “Just pick it up!”.
Thanks to guides Danny and Linda who have spearheaded the regular visits to keep the island free of debris. We met with visitors there too and encouraged them to pack out.
Along with picking up trash, we observed hundreds of new mangroves sprouting up on the east end of the island about 20 feet from the water and behind existing established plants. We believe the recent surge driven tides pushed the high water line well into the island, and the existing plants shielded the new growth from the waves.
What a great day.
We are seeing more trash than usual, lately and believe that much of it is being flushed out by the high water from the recent storm surges.
Another reminder to everyone to help pick up trash in and around our waterways.
We visited some new areas on our Jungle tour today. And, with new areas comes new trash. We see the effects everyday that fishing line and plastic bags in particular have on our fragile ecosystem. We encourage everyone to pick it up, even if it’s not yours. It’s hard to do that. We know. But it gets easier with practice and you don’t need a permit. Bill and Cathy