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10th anniversary tour for Fishing for Energy program

NOAA, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Covanta Corporation are celebrating their 10th Anniversary Celebration on July 30 at the Port of Garibaldi, at the Tillamook coastal port at 10 a.m.

Hilary Dorsey
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Their Fishing for Energy program has removed nearly 4 million pounds of fishing gear at bins placed in 55 communities along the nation’s coasts.

Through June 2018, the Fishing for Energy partnership has provided removal services at 55 ports in 12 states, collecting nearly 4 million pounds of fishing gear. Gear collected at the Port of Garibaldi is first sorted and the remaining non-recyclable material is converted into energy at Covanta Energy locations, including the Marion Energy from Waste Facility. In total, Fishing for Energy has awarded $3.77 million in grants to over 40 projects in 19 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, generating $1,532,000 in grantee match.

Lost or derelict fishing gear has been identified as one of the major types of debris impacting the marine environment. Every year, marine species from lobsters and fish to sea lions and birds, become trapped or entangled in lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear. This gear, from fishing lines to nets and pots, continues to capture fish and wildlife while at sea or “ghost fishing.”

On July 30, there will be a port tour to see the collection bin – and how fishermen recycle – that helps provide removal services at the Garibaldi pier, identified as a convenient and strategic location where commercial and recreational anglers can more easily dispose of gear. It is one of many such bins placed along U.S. coasts as part of the Fishing for Energy program.

On July 31, there will be a second tour at 10 a.m. at Covanta’s Marion Energy-from-Waste facility in Brooks to view the process of production of electricity for local communities using the non-metal material retrieved from the bins.