Lisa Rider of Keep Onslow Beautiful (KOB) hosted a Paddle Trash Fishing Tournament launching from Topsail and heading to Permuda Island on Saturday, May 14th in collaboration with the National Esturarine Research Reserve, Plastic Ocean Project, On Shore Surf Shop, and the local paddling community. Aside from myself and my six year old daughter, two of White Oak-New Riverkeeper Alliance’s board members attended as well, including Dale Weston, White Oak-New Riverkeeper Alliance President and dedicated board member / volunteer Chris Luffman. It was a beautiful day for a paddle. Most attendees headed out on the water. My daughter and I stayed behind along with another couple and scoured the beach front with handy sifters and a five gallon bucket. According to the Ocean Conservancy (2016) “Just five countries currently account for almost 60 percent of the total leakage of plastic into the ocean, due to a mismatch between their ability to produce waste and their capacity to manage it.” Every little bit that you contribute to keeping our waterways free from trash is worth the effort.
I would like to congratulate our board member Chris Luffman for winning an award for “Most Trash Collected”!
Also, catch us on the news here: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2016/05/14/paddle-tournament-cleans-waterways/
Nicole L. Triplett, White Oak-New Riverkeeper
Ocean Conservancy. (2016). More plastic than fish in our ocean? Not if we act now. Retrieved from https://secure.oceanconservancy.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1059