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Old 08-31-2015, 08:57 AM   #1
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Is anyone else concerned with the amount of trash and plastic that is in our canals, oceans and on our beaches?

We recently purchased a home on a canal in SE FL, and when we were looking at it prior to placing our offer and moving in the water seemed fairly clean. But after moving in and a few small windy thunderstorms the amount of trash that went past our dock was appalling to us. In fact, the trash that I can reach with our net fills up one or two 5 gallon buckets almost on a weekly basis, and that's just what I can reach! I guess I understand that the canals trap a lot trash, but to be completely honest, had we seen that trash before I don't think we would have been that excited to buy our home.

Then there were the waves of wind and rain as a result of Erika, my wife and I decided to check out the beach for a little while and what we seen was even more appalling, there was trash washed ashore everywhere, in fact every square foot had some form or another of trash. What was even worse, there was so much of it, there was a family actually picking through it. People once picked for seashells, now they are picking for good trash! Even on normal beach days there are plastic bottles left behind, cigarette butts, plastic toothpicks , plastic bottle caps and just about everything else in between in the sand.

But then my wife and I were watching the 'weight in' of a local fishing tournament a few weeks back and witnessed one of the boat captains throwing plastic trash right into the water. I also witnessed a CC coming home in our canal throw a beer can into our water. These two events were just a few days of each other! Surely, fishermen and boaters are not the ones responsible for all the trash in our oceans and waterways, please tell me they are more respectful to our playgrounds than that?!

I am starting to think we need to bring back the old TV commercial with the Native American crying. But maybe this time we need to incorporate boaters sitting behind their helms crying.

This is extremely troubling to me that boaters and people do not mind their trash.

**Okay, I said my part and I am now ready for the public lashings to begin because I voiced my opinion and displeasure.**
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For those that are too young to know what commercial I am talking about....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epCKjaStFu0
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:05 AM   #3
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Yes it is a problem. Not only to mindless folks that throw everything in the sea, only to never see it again, but also the watersheds bring it all in from people not properly disposing of the trash on land. It's like the many smokers that thump a cigarette butt on the ground like it disappears. (And yes, I used to smoke and no, I don't throw trash in the ocean.) It is a worldwide problem that needs a groundswell of support. There is not yet a ton of money to be made cleaning it up, nor is it a priority to government at all levels.
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Whatever captain throws his trash in the water doesn't deserve to have a license. Report him to DNR and or USCG and have him cited. I've run boats my whole life and have never felt the need to throw liter in the estuaries or ocean.
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All we can do is to do our part. I will allow, meaning if it catches wind while running, a chum box to go into the water when I'm off shore. Figuring its paper and I'm 20 miles off shore Bottles and plastic and cans come back in with me though. I do see a lot of crap along the beaches, at the sand bars. It isn't just the ocean. Was in the GA mountains a couple weeks ago and in this beautiful natural mountain spring were bottles and plastic. I picked up all I could see around me. Problem was, there was no trash can for about 1/2 a mile. This was at a public parking/swimming/camping area. I watched everyone else just walk by the trash. Might be smart for some of the parks and beaches to increase trash can access...I know it seems stupid to think you can't pack your trash out, but a lot of people, especially tourist, just don't/won't.
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Third world breeding.They use the garbage can as a table then throw the wrappers on the ground.
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:20 AM   #7
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Nah it's the natural order of things, human.
Trash in water is like global warming, red snapper limits, blue fin tuna limits, oil spills, noise pollution.
It's a Non issue. Nature will sort this out in time, be it lack of oxygen, intolerable temperatures, biological threats, floods, famine.

Within 10,000 years the earth will cleanse itself of the trash and humans. Within 100,000 years there will be little trace of humans or our pollution.
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:24 AM   #8
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Swfl here. No trash in our canals. Do not see much of around our beach either. Might be lucky who knows.
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where do you live in SE FL, they might be looking for treasure in that trash!

4.5million in 6 feet of water!
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...oins/31982885/
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Scooped up a brand new white NY Yankee's hat. Promptly went in the trash.
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swfl here. No trash in our canals. Do not see much of around our beach either. Might be lucky who knows.

shhhhhhhhhh!
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Whenever grass is moving, there will be trash in it, particularly in these strong full-moon tides. The end of the canal is always the worst, hopefully that is not you!

We get all we can too, anytime we have the chance. Turn the boat around or come off plane for a water bottle, especially in the bay or canals

It is sad how many sorry people there are in the world. You would think by virtue of their presence and enjoyment of those places, that the folks in the woods and on the water love it enough to treat it well. But no, there are alot of trash (people) who just don't give a F about anything. If they saw your post, OP, they would not feel sorry, I promise!! They would laugh and say, "Oh, he is rich." And probably throw a bottle on your dock just to spite you. Very sad
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What I see the most of, offshore, are mylar balloons.
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We've had a few of these installed on the city storm water runoffs to help manage stuff like this. Keeps quite a bit of trash out of the local waterways.

http://stormwatersystems.com/bandalong-litter-trap/
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We get all we can too, anytime we have the chance. Turn the boat around or come off plane for a water bottle, especially in the bay or canals
We do the same thing every time we are out on the boat, a never ending supply of other people's trash...

We've raised the kids to always 'bring more garbage back than you brought out' when on the water / beach. You can't solve it all yourself, but you can at least have a net positive effect with your own life.

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You can't solve it all yourself, but you can at least have a net positive effect with your own life.

Absolutely!
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think before you buy that next case of water bottles or use that styro-foam coffee cup..
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The earth doesn't care. Eventually we may create an environment hostile to the human population but that isn't the earths problem.

That doesn't stop me from picking up liter when I see it especially when I dive but for every person out there being careful there is one throwing their garbage and refuse into the sea. Commercial operations are some of the worst... some cruise lines especially.
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I am starting to think we need to bring back the old TV commercial with the Native American crying. But maybe this time we need to incorporate boaters sitting behind their helms crying.
Just as an aside.....you do know that Iron Eyes Cody was not native american don't you?
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What I see the most of, offshore, are mylar balloons.
Mostly Disney balloons here.

Some people suck and those people throw their trash wherever is convenient, until it's legal to shoot those people I do not see this problem going away.
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