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Two months ago I wrote about the mess left by roadside fisher-people along route 1 near Tony’s Seafood.
Since then the place has been pretty clean, no large bait boxes or smashed beer bottles to speak of, a great improvement.
Last weekend on my way north to document the removal of the unpermitted structures built by oyster farmers in the Bay, I stopped and went after the small, but no less toxic items, cigarette butts and fishing line.
Picked up 346 butts or filters and enough line and hardware to hook a striped bass (I did not say land one).
If you know people that fish in the area, please ask them kindly to be sure and take away all the items they bring with them to enjoy our lovely coastal environment. Leaving it on the shore is disrespectful, illegal and pretty damn rude. Shall we visit their home and dump trash on their cherished spaces? Ok then!
Leaving this mess degrades the very beauty they come for, and causes great harm to the non-human animals that call Tomales Bay home.
This same logic applies to the boat launch area at Miller Park (Nick’s Cove).
There are thousands of pieces of micro-trash left behind by fishermen, boaters and others who use this public space to recreate.
See what happens to small pieces of plastic that humans dump in the sea, or litter the land with, only to be washed to the sea….
Dead Albatross, killed by ingesting plastic – by Chris Jordan – where disposable lighters end up.
The dumpster area is routinely besieged by ravens, crows and raccoons who scour the open dumpster for food, then paint the hillside with plastic bags, food wrappers, fish bait etc.
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346 cigarette butts, fishing line, beer bottle caps, food wrappers left by fishermen near Tony’s Seafood.
Fishing line left at Nick’s Cove boat launch area
Fishing line left by fishermen near Tony’s Seafood along route 1.
Comfy, though questionable seating installed at Marconi Cove, along with beer can and oyster shucker packaging. C’mon people, pick up after yerselves!
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