Sunday, November 16, 2008

Puerto Rico

Marine Reserve Clean Up

In Rincon PR we went out to take garbage from the waters at Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. My son and I volunteer for Surfrider. Captain Pauco took us out. Wess already had the coordinates of tires and other debris.
A cold front was scheduled to come through, so we were concerned. Already we could see breaking waves at Maria's Beach. The waters beneath us was still clear.
We tow boarded for a while, that is being pulled by the boat to scout our for more underwater trash. This allows you to search large areas.
Afterwards we went to specific areas to pull trash.
Toward mid day we found one particular area where I saw way over hundreds of beer cans and plastic. The water was about 20 ft deep, too deep to snorkel. Wess said, 6 divers with two tanks a piece couldn't dent the amount of trash in this trench. Wess and Kate brought up enough cans to fill a very large garbage bag. The water was too cloudy for good pictures.

Tres Palmas Marine Reserve Project
ContactWess Merten at 401-258-4627 or for more information on helping out in this coral reef restoration and marine debris removal effort.

Rincon Puerto Rico

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