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Old 11-16-2007, 05:00 AM   #29
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It is a fact most of the floating rubbish will be pushed by prevailing winds and currents until it hits shore somewhere. So the concept of floating rubbish hitting a contra current and turning around is not so hard to believe.

Certainly in the eastern Med, up in the corner basically formed by Turkey / Syria, one needs to maintain a 24 hour 'rubbish watch' when sailing to avoid junk in the water. Mostly plastic - and some sheets that are huge. Most of those must have been blown off shoreside greenhouses further west - and last year some pals picked up one over 100 metres long on their prop. It welded itself around the shaft with friction, and was v.hard to remove.

But what is sadder is my belief that lots of global rubbish is generated by us.

I used to always think of fisherman when seeing smaller plastic wrap etc.

But just within this past month we've seen a lot of new yachts arrive in our current harbour - and the amount of floating crap has expanded expotentially..........a real shame.

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Old 11-16-2007, 01:45 PM   #30
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We were once stopped dead by a huge net between the Northwest CHannel, and Nassau. Took us an hour to free the prop. We were lucky there wasn't a breath of wind, so the Tongue of the Ocean was extremely flat. Picture is in the gallery
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:23 PM   #31
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Here's my two-pennies-worth :

If less than 3 miles offshore nothing gets thrown/pumped overboard ... my one exception, being a keen fisherman & fish eater, is regarding food scraps/leftovers & veg/fruit trimmings, such material is chopped up & cast overboard as fish attractant/groundbait ... no harm in this since it is biodegradable.

When more than 3 miles out then I dispose of my garbage as follows :

Metal & glass, such as empty cans & pickle jars, overboard & made to sink not float.

Food scraps, paper & anything else biodegradeable goes overboard.

Plastic items are always retained on board then disposed of when next going ashore.

Sometimes, in an impish mood, it tickles me to launch a message-in-a-bottle ...
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:09 PM   #32
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This is an old topic, but one that resonates with me.

The OP mentions the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific.

I have seen this with my own eyes while sailing slowly through it for several days.

It was astounding to see this. And VERY saddening.

It was disgusting to see the plastic trash of all kinds floating on the surface and just below the surface. Everywhere as far as the eye could see in all directions for miles and miles!

It was a sight I will never forget. It was so striking that it made me swear off using plastic bags and made a renewal of my feelings about recycling plastic easy. I am no environmentalist, but seeing this huge area of trash on the "pristine" ocean I was crossing was truly saddening.

As we were sailing slowly due to light winds, I had ample time to look over the side watching the junk float by us. It was dense (lots of trash in every square meter) and everywhere.

It was also evident that it was not just something that had been recently dumped by a big ship. It was a mix of old and relatively new. Some had marine growth on it.

But, it was the immense size of it that astounded me. It covered a HUGE area and we were just cutting through it. Hard to imagine how immense this is.

Don't doubt it. This place (junk) exists.
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This is an old topic, but one that resonates with me.

The OP mentions the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific.

I have seen this with my own eyes while sailing slowly through it for several days.

It was astounding to see this. And VERY saddening.

It was disgusting to see the plastic trash of all kinds floating on the surface and just below the surface. Everywhere as far as the eye could see in all directions for miles and miles!

It was a sight I will never forget. It was so striking that it made me swear off using plastic bags and made a renewal of my feelings about recycling plastic easy. I am no environmentalist, but seeing this huge area of trash on the "pristine" ocean I was crossing was truly saddening.

As we were sailing slowly due to light winds, I had ample time to look over the side watching the junk float by us. It was dense (lots of trash in every square meter) and everywhere.

It was also evident that it was not just something that had been recently dumped by a big ship. It was a mix of old and relatively new. Some had marine growth on it.

But, it was the immense size of it that astounded me. It covered a HUGE area and we were just cutting through it. Hard to imagine how immense this is.

Don't doubt it. This place (junk) exists.

The latest reports state 80% is from land so 19.7 % is from commercial shipping and very little from cruising yachtsman.

What can we all do.

Read link Page

Time for all cities to follow Singapore city with a litter instant fine for littering. $200.

The instant thing that you notice when walking the Singapore streets, does not take long to register. No litter, no wrappings, no plastic drink bottles, no Mac Donald's garbage, no disposable coffee cups, no cigarette packets or butts , and the thing that really impressed me was No used chewing gum on the foot paths plus No graffiti. Truly amazing and achievable. They have achieved what people and councillors think is impossible.

I was lucky my host warned me.

He told me you will not see them.

How many wardens they had, I did not think to ask but I suspect plain unidentifiable wardens with ID.


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