On to the main beach. Rounding the rocks I was greeted by three lovely sights: a long-beached piece of driftwood illuminated by the low sun:
Down on the beach proper, by now the low foreshore was almost dead -- algae almost all gone with the passing of summer. But a huge amount of ripped-up kelp was strewn now across the back of the foreshore, mixing and churning with the old mounds of pebbles.
Curiously, this mass of large kelp was largely devoid of plastics. As usual, the heaviest spread of debris was at a smear of pulverized seaweed that lay in front of this mass. In this case most everything I found lay in about a 20x30 area of the whole beach (plus some very old small bits of rope uncovered at the backshore by shifting sands).
Here's what turned up:
|19 pcs of rope, about 10 ft total|
|203 pcs of nonrope debris|
- Bldg material/furniture: 0
- Foam/styrofoam: 0
- Fishing rope/net: 19
- Fishing misc.: 171 (163 vinyl lobster trap scraps, trap part, 7 claw bands)
- Food-related plastics: 8 (5 cup scraps including full styrofoam cup, 2 food tub scraps, very abraded silverware handle)
- Food-related glass/metal: 0
- Nonfood/unknown plastics: 6 (very abraded non-food bottlecap, cigarette, plant stake, 2 cords, cable tie)
- Scrap plastics: 17 ( 7 > 1" , 10 < 1" )
- Paper/wood: 0
- Non-plastic misc./unique: 1 (seaglass)
If we stop dumping plastics in the ocean tomorrow, our grandchildren will still be finding ours washing up. But maybe -- maybe -- their grandchildren would have clean shores again.
Running YTD counts:
- Total pcs of litter -- 10490
- Total from fishing -- 9206 (87.8%)
- Pcs fishing rope -- 1921
- Vinyl lobster-trap scraps -- 6562