On August 21st, 53 Volunteers representing Connors Bros. Marine Corp, the sardines and herring producer of our affiliate, Clover Leaf Seafoods, participated in the Great Fundy Coastal Cleanup. Between the Bliss Island, Southern Wolves, and Pea Point Nature Trust, volunteers collected 10,550 lbs of marine plastic and debris. Yes, you read that right – 10,550 LBS!
Daniel Leavitt, Marine Logistics Specialist, said that this year, they found a lot of unusual items like a fridge and some old car tires. The group also found a lot of old fishing rope and Styrofoam along with tons of rubber bands that fishermen use to constrain lobster claws.
In the picture below, you can see a discarded yellow buoy, aka “comp ball” that the team removed from the beautiful Bay of Fundy. These comp balls are commonly used in salmon farming.
As you can imagine, hauling 10,550 lbs of debris is a lot of work. Everything has to be done by hand and be carried across slippery beaches and heavily wooded areas. The team follows a set of carefully planned steps to bring the massive amount of marine plastics and debris collected to shore. First, they load up smaller boats with debris that can fit in bags, then bring out a larger boat to transport everything back to the Wharf.
The team works very closely with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick to plan this event every year with hopes to encourage not only Connors Bros. team members, but the entire local community to get involved in this important event. Established in 1987, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a charitable land conservation organization that is responsible for conserving and stewarding more than 60 beautiful and diverse nature preserves throughout the province.
Collectively, The Bumble Bee Seafood Company had collected 650 lbs of trash and recycling throughout this year. Now, we’ve collected over 11,000 lbs!