Assessment and Cleanup of Derelict Fishing Gear and Other Marine Debris in the Gulf of Maine – 2011

Continue and expand efforts to detect and remove marine debris, particularly derelict fishing gear, from the shoreline and coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine, including the Isles of Shoals.

Project Abstract

Project partners, led by the Blue Ocean Society, targeted continuation and expansion of previous efforts to detect and remove derelict fishing gear and other marine debris from the shoreline and coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine.  The project continued to work with fisherman to retrieve gear by assisting with coordination of the annual spring lobster trap cleanup in April 2012 and 2013 and providing permanent disposal bins for derelict gear at commercial piers in Portsmouth, Newington, Rye and Seabrook, NH.  The Rozalia Project also provided assistance to identify underwater debris using multi-beam sonar and a ROV.  Lastly, the project planned to engage volunteers in regular monitoring and cleanup of islands to prevent debris re‐accumulation.  It is estimated that a total of 33 tons of debris will be removed as part of this project.

NOAA Marine Debris Program Project

10/1/2011 to 9/30/2013

Status: Open

Location: Northeast, [New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts]

Latitude/Longitude: 43.073431, -70.705312