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Old 08-15-2020, 04:03 PM
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Was offshore today about 10 miles out and behind a shrimper when a full, new, black trash bag comes floating by. We grabbed it as best we could. There were no other boats in the vicinity. Is there really anyone to report it to? Anything that can be done? I took a pic of the coordinates and the time. Not sure if the ships are tracked, if anyone actually cares, etc.
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Open it up might be a clue to who dumped it, blow them in.
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There is a federal law regarding illegal dumping at sea. A cruise ship caught caught on videotape many years ago
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Originally Posted by tinstar4453 View Post
There is a federal law regarding illegal dumping at sea. A cruise ship caught caught on videotape many years ago
I know it’s against the law but don’t know what info is considered acceptable or who enforces it or if they ever do anything at all.
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Thanks for cleaning it up, we find ourselves doing that also.
This amounted to four garbage bags from one beach just a couple weeks ago, most of it is water bottles, probably coming from tour ships...

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Open it up and see whats in there.

That's called evidence my friend.
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Originally Posted by FlyingTexan View Post
Was offshore today about 10 miles out and behind a shrimper when a full, new, black trash bag comes floating by. We grabbed it as best we could. There were no other boats in the vicinity. Is there really anyone to report it to? Anything that can be done? I took a pic of the coordinates and the time. Not sure if the ships are tracked, if anyone actually cares, etc.

Start with the Coast Guard, they'll either take the info or send you to the correct alphabet soup agency.
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Another form of dumping...helium party balloons. They get released and with prevailing easterly winds in S FL, they drift west, pop and end up in the Everglades...in great numbers. Birds and Turttles get tangled, and that's not a good thing. We find them and pick them up when we ride. Local conservation.
This is my FF brother and Gladesman mentor. Got a couple on this ride.
If you see trash, pick it up.


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I think 12 miles is the boundary for dumping,
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Shame him on the VHF, make sure you say his boat name loud and clear
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
Another form of dumping...helium party balloons. They get released and with prevailing easterly winds in S FL, they drift west, pop and end up in the Everglades...in great numbers. Birds and Turttles get tangled, and that's not a good thing. We find them and pick them up when we ride. Local conservation.
This is my FF brother and Gladesman mentor. Got a couple on this ride.
If you see trash, pick it up.

Just fly back in time (in the Delorean) and educate people on the evils of littering!!

On a serious note, nice work !!
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
Another form of dumping...helium party balloons. They get released and with prevailing easterly winds in S FL, they drift west, pop and end up in the Everglades...in great numbers. Birds and Turttles get tangled, and that's not a good thing. We find them and pick them up when we ride. Local conservation.
This is my FF brother and Gladesman mentor. Got a couple on this ride.
If you see trash, pick it up.

It was the damndest thing; a couple days after Valentine’s Day this year I went fishing down on the Padre Island National Seashore. There were a metric mega F’k ton of mylar balloons washed up. I mean like one or two every 20-30 yards for sixty GD miles! I could not make sense of how (relatively) quickly they had to have been released, popped, landed in the water and washed up accumulated there on the sea shore. Just baffling. I picked up two 40 gallon trash bags fill and saw a bunch of other people doing the same.
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Thank you to everyone that takes the time to pick up after others. We do the same when out on the water over the last ten years we have seen less trash floating We still see a plastic bag or a plastic bottle from time to time but not as much as we did a few years back
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Guess what I have noticed in the GOM.

No Cruise ships, No F'n balloons.
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I think 12 miles is the boundary for dumping,
I work at the Port in Savannah. Alot of the ships wait until they get way offshore before they toss the dunnage,straps,etc overboard. I'm talking by the ton. It's been a common practice for years. Very sad. There is large dumpsters on the dock for trash but are seldom used.
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Columbus County hired a trash detective he did such a good job they ask him to slow down. LOL
Boy would go through any bag of trash, find something with your name on it next thing you know your in court. Think he was making to many cases town took his job away from him. LOl Got to be able to prove who did it. Those that would throw a whole bag of trash out in the ocean are going to make sure there is no way to track it back to them.
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Contact game warden they will write it if the bag contains any evidence of its source.
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We keep a crab net on the boat just for trash. A lot of freak`n peasants out there that just don`t give a rats ass.
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
Another form of dumping...helium party balloons. They get released and with prevailing easterly winds in S FL, they drift west, pop and end up in the Everglades...in great numbers. Birds and Turttles get tangled, and that's not a good thing. We find them and pick them up when we ride. Local conservation.
This is my FF brother and Gladesman mentor. Got a couple on this ride.
If you see trash, pick it up.

They have recently made releasing balloons in our county. Don’t know who or how they are enforcing it, if at all. But I guess it’s a step in the right direction. Too bad it is just one county in MD.
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
I think 12 miles is the boundary for dumping,
Depends on WHAT you're dumping. Plastic bags can't be dumped at sea..

Google "MARPOL placard"

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