Protecting our coastal resources
Marine debris (trash) is a worldwide problem; an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped in the ocean yearly. Marine debris is not only ugly, but dangerous to marine life and human health. Since many forms of debris are not biodegradable, they can cause problems for years to come.
Keep Pinellas Beautiful and Fort De Soto Park have been our partners since 2001. In 2012, the Sunshine Skyway’s Black Thorne Park was added. Other sites in Pinellas County include Cunningham Key (Tampa Bay Watch), Weedon Island Preserve, Coffee Pot Bayou (kayak only). In Hillsoborough County we partner with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for a cleanup held at Palonis Park, and Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department for cleanups in Manatee County. Without our partners we would not be able to be as successful as we are in removing marine debris from our waterways. By removing debris from our shorelines we are helping to solve an international issue at a local level.
Marine Debris Biodegradation Time Line:
|Item||Time to degrade|
|Paper towel||2-4 weeks|
|Cardboard box||2 months|
|Waxed milk carton||3 months|
|Apple core||2 months|
|Cotton gloves||1-5 months|
|Wool gloves||1 year|
|Painted wooden sticks||13 years|
|Photo-degradable beverage holder||6 months|
|Plastic beverage holder||400 years|
|Plastic bags||10-20 years|
|Plastic bottle||100 years|
|Glass bottle and jars||Undetermined|
|Disposable diapers||50-100 years|
|Tin can||50 years|
|Aluminium can||200 years|
|Monofilament fishing line||600 years|
What Is Marine Debris?
Marine debris is any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.
Fall 31,022 pounds
Spring 12,887 pounds
Summer 16,611 pounds
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