Marine debris organized for display at FIConservancy’s Aug. 3, “Conservation on Parade”.

FIConservancy continues to battle the tide of marine debris and its relentless assault on Fishers Island shores.

“By now, we have all seen the impact of marine debris and the importance of helping to sustain shoreline life. Our beach cleanup program is more important than ever, as  we face the growing challenges of protecting and preserving our natural world,” said Kristen Peterson, FIConservancy executive director.

MARINE DEBRIS UPDATE:

January-July 2019:

January, 251 pounds marine debris collected

February, 835.5 pounds marine debris collected

March, 825 pounds marine debris collected

April, 480 pounds marine debris collected

May, 431 pounds marine debris collected

June, 769 pounds marine debris collected

July, 345 pounds marine debris collected

January-June, over 441 hrs work

(January-February: Over 21 syringes collected)

In 2018, FIConservancy removed:

Over 2,000 pounds of beach and coastal debris;

Over 500 plastic bottles;

Over 179 pieces of fishing gear, lines and lures;

Over 172 pieces of line

Over 1,000 pieces (24 pounds) of small plastic (in three hours!)