Aquarium And Solv Team Up To Clean Up Yaquina Bay

May 05, 2006

Divers and Kayakers brought in an estimated 3,000 pounds of trash from the bay

The Aquarium’s annual week-long cleanup of Yaquina Bay brought in over 3,000 pounds of marine debris, thanks to the dedicated divers and kayakers who helped clean up the tide line and the bottom of the bay during Earth Week, April 23 – 29. Thompson’s Sanitary Service donated a drop box for the week-long event, for volunteers to dispose of full litter bags.

“We are very fortunate to have SOLV and Thompson’s Sanitary Service help us out,” said Oregon Coast Aquarium Public Relations Manager, Cindy Hanson. “SOLV provided grant money to cover the cost of the mesh bags and publicity through their own constituents and Thompson’s Sanitary provided a large drop box for free. We’re very grateful for their help.”

Jim Burke, the Aquarium’s Assistant Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates spearheaded the annual bay cleanup several years ago. “This year we brought in about 3 thousand pounds of marine debris,” according to Burke. “We found a lot of abandoned crab traps, anchor line, a car battery and lots of fishing line and tackle.” Burke says it’s not unusual for birds, fish or invertebrates to get tangled in fishing line, especially around the docks. “If people could see what it looks like down there, they would be more careful when they are on the dock."

Burke says the annual cleanups are making a difference in the bottom of the bay, especially around the fishing pier. “It took about three years to see a change, but now you can really see the difference – it looks a lot better down there this year!”

Earth and Ocean Day kicked off the week-long observance of Earth Week at the Aquarium. That day there were learning stations throughout the Aquarium focusing on water quality, the impact of coastal oil spills, and marine debris on the ocean’s inhabitants.