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Old 10-08-2016, 06:51 PM
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I was in Aruba last week and the Island did not get hit too hard with Matthew but they did have much larger waves than usual last Tuesday into Wednesday which was the tail end of the storm. The beaches were just littered with plastic bottles, cans, cups, sunglasses, goggles, etc. that washed ashore. All I could think about was the commercial from the 70'w with the Indian standing on the shore looking at all the pollution with a tear in his eye. Anyway made me more conscious of my boating habits.
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Old 10-09-2016, 01:06 AM
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Remember those commercials well but don't remember who sponsored them. Seem to remember it making the news when that dude passed away.
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Just think of all the tiny plastic particles and fibers you can't see. Scary.
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Originally Posted by tjags View Post
Just think of all the tiny plastic particles and fibers you can't see. Scary.
Here we banned micro beads small colored plastic beads in soap and tooth paste
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There are huge floating garbage patches out there.

https://nofishleft.wordpress.com/tag/plastification/
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sad and disgusting,,,I remember those commercials also,,,was it true he was just an actor not a real indian?
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Old 10-09-2016, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
sad and disgusting,,,I remember those commercials also,,,was it true he was just an actor not a real indian?
That was Iron Eyes Cody, he was actually Italian. Great commercials though
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And then you go out on the boat with someone who tossed the line clippings and cigarettes overboard.

I'm always stopping to pick up whatever floating crap I happen to run across. If I had the $ I would build some kind of huge vacuum ship to suck up all the floating crap.
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I remember years ago going to the island east of there Curaçao and see them dump their trash in the ocean on the north side off the island. Not sure if they still do
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:57 AM
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A 21 year old Dutch entrepreneur has patented just such a device.

His name is Boyan Slat. Google the name. Fascinating idea.

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Originally Posted by Bottom Scratcher View Post
A 21 year old Dutch entrepreneur has patented just such a device.

His name is Boyan Slat. Google the name. Fascinating idea.

That's cool. I was thinking you meant this one
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/con...ash-bin-for-t/
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Nothing, repeat Nothing stays intact in the ocean.... plastic or otherwise. Somethings take longer than others to degrade but in the end, it all returns to what it was.
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Originally Posted by alka2710 View Post
I was in Aruba last week and the Island did not get hit too hard with Matthew but they did have much larger waves than usual last Tuesday into Wednesday which was the tail end of the storm. The beaches were just littered with plastic bottles, cans, cups, sunglasses, goggles, etc. that washed ashore. All I could think about was the commercial from the 70'w with the Indian standing on the shore looking at all the pollution with a tear in his eye. Anyway made me more conscious of my boating habits.
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I was there too and was shocked by the amount of plastic washed up north of Eagle beach.
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Originally Posted by Machartercaptain View Post
I was there too and was shocked by the amount of plastic washed up north of Eagle beach.
My wife and I did a lot of walking on our trip we stayed on Palm Beach and walked the coast from the lighthouse to the cruise ship docks. Very little sea weed until Tuesday when the beaches looked like the ocean threw up. That was when we saw all the garbage. White sand blue water and just garbage. If you watch Survivor man you will also notice when he is stranded on an island he always finds a ton of garbage. Sad.
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We were in the Bahamas a couple years ago and my wife mentioned that what they really need is a "Don't be a litterbug" campaign like we had in the 70's. Many communities are just littered with garbage and then when a storm comes I'm sure a ton of it just washes out to sea. Of course the sea delivers a ton of it to their beaches as well.
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Originally Posted by GulfC View Post
Nothing, repeat Nothing stays intact in the ocean.... plastic or otherwise. Somethings take longer than others to degrade but in the end, it all returns to what it was.
A lot of plastics take over a millennium to degrade, imagine how much worse it will get before then.
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A lot of plastics take over a millennium to degrade, imagine how much worse it will get before then.
If that were true there would be litter all up and down the beaches here. But of the 10's of thousands of annual local-visiting boats we got nuttin'. It all turns to sand and such sooner or later. If by chance you find something that doesn't you better grab it, study it and build the ultimate hull from it to become the next multi-billionaire. Now freshwater, it's a different story.... salt and wave-current action is not so forgiving.
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Originally Posted by GulfC View Post
If that were true there would be litter all up and down the beaches here. But of the 10's of thousands of annual local-visiting boats we got nuttin'. It all turns to sand and such sooner or later. If by chance you find something that doesn't you better grab it, study it and build the ultimate hull from it to become the next multi-billionaire. Now freshwater, it's a different story.... salt and wave-current action is not so forgiving.
And where is the "here" you speak of?

I've never heard of plastic turning to sand. Or anything else for that matter. It takes forever to degrade and just because you don't see it on your beach doesn't mean there isn't a ton out there. The currents don't always wash something up they can carry it out somewhere else.
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While watching news of Mathew, I saw a clip from Haiti. A few Haitians standing in piles of garbage , watching the big waves.
So I figure it's where they dump their trash.
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