Monday, April 21, 2014

2014 spring and summer schedule for 2014

Hello:
After a horrible summer and fall of diving was ruined by the discharges from Lake Okeechobee, I had to take time off and fight to clean up the waters.  You might have seen some of our advocacy in the press or on TV.  We were busy.  Here are some of the events we have in the works and coming up:

April 26th:  Spoil Island cleanup from 9am until mid-afternoon... leaving from the Town of St Lucie Village's marina on Torpey Rd at 9am.  Wear shoes that can get wet but will protect you some.  Bring gloves, bug spray and tools to cut and saw invasive trees.  We will remove them and trash as well.  We expect River Kidz, Troop 772 and loads of warriors to help, so it should be a fun time.  We are hoping to have a cookout at lunch and spend some time talking to the kids and bring them up to speed on conservation methods, the waters, fishing and anything water.

June 6 and 7th:  2nd Annual Lionfish Safari:  information may be found ont he facebook page or website.  We meet this week and I will post further info here then.  four person teams.  Captain's meeting ont he 6th at the Riverwalk community center and safari in the 7th ending at 5pm at city marina for weigh-in and awarding of prizes.

July 19 and 26th are annual inlet cleanups for Sebastian and Ft Pierce (not necessarily in that order).  details will be coming out soon as tides are checked and times set.  Alternate dates will be set in early August in case of rain of foul weather.

Get your gear ready for lobster season by testing it out at our cleanup dives.

Thank you for all your help.  We were awards several awards this year again for our hard work and dedication.  Let's grow some more and get new record collections.

Monday, June 17, 2013

MARINE CLEANUP INITIATIVE INC SUMMER SCHEDULE

MARINE CLEANUP INITIATIVE INC SUMMER SCHEDULE
July is one of the most exciting months for Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc and the busiest.  In 2001, when founded, it served a dual purpose of not only did  we remove debris, but we also had a chance to check out our equipment before mini-lobster season fired up and someone got hurt from equipment failure.
July  13 – 5 Annual Ft Pierce Inlet Cleanup Maintenance Dive –Meet at 12A Buoy Ramp Parking lot at 22 Fisherman’s Wharf, Ft Pierce with equipment at 1pm.  We need Captains with boats, Kayakers, helpers, volunteers and divers with full equipment like gloves, tank for one dive, knife, dive flag and float with 20 feet of line.  Please sign up at: http://www.meetup.com/Marine-Cleanup-Initiative-Inc/events/
102878002/ or contact Capt don at 528-0675.

Divers and boats will assemble at the marina at 12A and travel out. To the inlet, anchor and wait for slack current and tide.  Diving will last about 45 minutes and then we will all return to the marina to
 unload, cleanup and enjoy some lunch and drinks.

July 19 – 21 – 1st Annual Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari-

July 19 at 6:30pm – mandatory Captain’s meeting and safety instructions at the Riverwalk Community Center.

July 20-21 – Sunrise to 5pm – lionfish safari – Sign-up forms and details, rules and booth space available at : WWW.TreasureCoastLionfishSafari.com.  Weigh-in, fun, food, drinks, awards and lionfish samples will begin at 5pm until 8 at Ft Pierce City Marina Plaza by Cobb’s Landing.

July 27 – 13 Annual Sebastian Inlet Cleanup Maintenance Dive – Join us for the most exciting and fun 23 minutes of diving around this area.  We will meet at the Sebastian Yacht Club ramp, 820 Indian
River Drive at 12:30pm, load boats and travel out to the inlet and wait for slack tide and current.  And then, the fun begins.  Bring all equipment including knife, dive flag and float with 25 feet of line to
attach to you. After dive, we will return to the ramp to cleanup and enjoy some food and fun.
http://www.meetup.com/Marine-Cleanup-Initiative-Inc/events/102878002/ or contact Capt don at 528-0675.

SPOIL ISLAND ADOPTION PROGRAM

Marine Cleanup has adopted SL6 pictured here.  Along with general cleanups with other adoptive organizations like Lisa’s Kayaks and Motorized Kayaks and Harbor Branch Learning
Center, we are all working to improve the islands and address the issues that need to be changed for meaningful camping and picnicking experiences to be had by all.  MCII conducts monthly cleanups on selected islands the second week of each month, except July… we are over-booked for that week.

Our June cleanup brought out 24 kayaks and 12 kids who were all first time trash pickers.  A great time was had by all and over 900 pounds of debris was removed, great tales of adventure
were told to the kids and Natalie’s supplies fresh cold OJ for everyone.  Gloria Lister also baked cookies and cheesecake.

Sign up for operations and events at: http://www.meetup.com/Marine-Cleanup-Initiative-Inc/
Or by calling Capt don at 772-528-0675.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

SCHEDULE UPDATE

ATTENTION, ALL DIVERS AND VOLUNTEERS: My schedule has cleared up and we can either keep our Annual Ft Pierce Cleanup Diver for 7:15am on July 20th or change it to 1:15pm on July 13th. Let me know...email, message or phone so I can make changes now. I am good either way... I live here

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc is excited to announce that on January 12, 2013, in conjunction with West Marine, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Smithsonian Institute, the City of Ft Pierce, Ft Pierce City Marina, Ft Pierce Authentic Tours, Lisa's Kayaks, Dive Odyssea Kayak Rentals, Little Jim Bait Shop Kayak Rentals, Ft Pierce Motorized Kayaks, Ft Pierce Meet-up, The Outside Adventure Club, Ft Pierce Casters, DEP, St Lucie County Adopt a Spoil Island Project, FWC, St Lucie County Sheriffs Dept, Ft Pierce Marine Patrol, Shore Lb of Vero Beach and Vero Beach SUP'er Chicks, we will be holding the initial Spoil Island Cleanup Event. Coverage will be provided by Ed Killer of Scripps. Food will be provided by Goodfellows. Prizes and awards will be provided by MCII and our sponsors.  After launching from Little Jim Bridge area, Kayaks and Boards will travel north past the four "red" dots on this map and concentrat on Islands 13, 13B, 13A and 14B. On the map, they start across from St Lucie Blvd.




Monday, January 7, 2013

Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc is excited to announce that on January 12, 2013, in conjunction with West Marine, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Smithsonian Institute, the City of Ft Pierce, Ft Pierce City Marina, Ft Pierce Authentic Tours, Lisa's Kayaks, Dive Odyssea Kayak Rentals, Little Jim Bait Shop Kayak Rentals, Ft Pierce Motorized Kayaks, Ft Pierce Meet-up, The Outside Adventure Club, Ft Pierce Casters, DEP, St Lucie County Adopt a Spoil Island Project, FWC, St Lucie County Sheriffs Dept, Ft Pierce Marine Patrol, Shore Lb of Vero Beach and Vero Beach SUP'er Chicks, we will be holding the initial Spoil Island Cleanup Event. Coverage will be provided by Ed Killer of Scripps. Food will be provided by Goodfellows. Prizes and awards will be provided by MCII and our sponsors. After launching from Little Jim Bridge area, Kayaks and Boards will travel north past the four "red" dots on this map and concentrat on Islands 13, 13B, 13A and 14B. On the map, they start across from St Lucie Blvd.




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kayaker join us. Boarders join us

GREAT NEWS FOR OUR INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc is excited to have been awarded the contract to oversee and maintain the Spoil Islands of Martin and St Lucie Counties as well as Morris Creek and Taylor Creek for the next two years.

Although these Spoil Islands are cleaned one day a year by the Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast’s not-for-profit branch, Waterway Cleanup Committee, as well as the FDEP Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves’s Adopt a Spoil Island Program that also conduct monthly cleanups fromOctober to April with the help of volunteers and several state and local agencies.



MCII was lucky enough recently to participate and support a local kid paddle boarding the Lagoon to bring attention to the waterway. We found trash covering the entire 167 miles we covered. The spoil islands were the worst.

Of the islands, about half prohibit access closer than 100 feet due to birds and nesting areas. MCII will work in close conjunction with DEP and FWC and the Audubon Society to find the best times to clean these nesting places. The other islands support tons of campers and boaters who select their favorite and appear to leave it covered with their personal trash.

Our process is easy: Divers will do little to help here. We are asking kayakers, canoers and SUP boarders to join our efforts. We are having a contest to stimulate participation. We are having a party to bond and engage these new volunteers. We are conducting a spoil island cleanup and a dive cleanup on January 12 to get this all rolling.

When the season is right and we gain the “go ahead”, our shallow water crafts will get in close to the mangrove roots and branches and extract the debris with no impact on the trees or birds. Our contest is basically an opportunity to see what ideas people have to get this trash. There are no bad ideas or tools. If it works we will evaluate it for the contest.

The public islands will be cleared of debris by using kayaks around the edges and feet on the ground to get the trash gathered and removed. FWC and other agencies will join MCII’s volunteers to engage the public while on these islands and stress the need to bag their trash and pack it home for proper disposal. An information process will begin asking the public to keep the islands clean. As there are anti-litter laws on the books, well-place articles will stress there will be a two-year moratorium of fines while this education program and cleanup works to get the public involved. Information signs will be placed on the public islands asking people to bag and remove their trash and that fines will begin in 2015 if progress is not made.
These island cleanups will work in conjunction with diving removals and our boats will be used to carry the debris collected.

It is obvious the one day a year method was not working and only window dressing by the $30 billion industry to show some very limited interest in the waters that bring so much money to them.

Join our effort and continue to help make a difference in our environment and waterways. We will be seeking grants to clear the tributaries that feed into the Lagoon and hopefully, this comprehensive concept will greatly reduce the debris and maybe stimulate the Industries and public actually responsible for this trash and littering to step up and lead from behind….

THAT WILL BE A GRAND DAY. HELP ME MAKE IT SOONER…not later. THEY FEEL OUR PROGRESS… THEY CAN SEE OUR IMPACT… NUMBERS…LET’S SHOW THEM NUMBERS.

Tell your friends. If you Kayak…if you have a kayak…join us. If you Standup board… join us. If you have one, join us. If you are a canoer… join us. If you can but need a craft, Lisa’s Kayaks, Dive Odyssea, Little Jim Bridge Kayak Rentals or Motorized Kayaks can help you out.

Sign up… make a cleanup device… come help…attend our party

JOIN OUR CONTEST...OUR CLEANUPS...OUR PARTY

2013 CLEANUP SEASON INFORMATION

NEW DIVERS, CAPTAINS, HELPERS, DECK HANDS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS
If you are new to marine debris removal, a new diver or just joining our group, there are some things you will need and need to know.  How do we do it.  Where do we do it.  What do we need.  How do we not distroy things while we are removing debris...etc. 

Training is available, if necessary the 2nd Saturday of every month for new divers.  As new divers sign up, Capt don schedules them for these classes.  They are not just walk-ins as supplies and equipment are needed.  This coming season, on January 12th is the next class at 9am prior to our next dive.  New divers are then paired with experienced divers for an on-site in-water session.



REFRESHER OUTLINE FOR DIVERS AND VOLUNTEERS:
1. Go to web site http://www.MarineCleanupInitiativeInc.Org/ and sign 2013 liability waiver;
2. Send email to Captain-don@comcast.net to be added to list for specific dive or for notification of future dives or events. Send C card number and confirm DAN coverage.
3. Check this blog for updates and scheduled dives...

4. GEAR NEEDS --VOLUNTEERS--
DIVERS: Complete dive suit and gear plus:
2 pounds extra weight for shallow diving compensation;
Gloves;
Cutting tools: sharp knife, scissors;
Dive flag, float and 25 feet of line attached;
Test all gear- things break under stress- this be stressful

DECK HANDS/BOAT WORKERS- rubber soled shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses

BOAT CAPTAINS – VHS Radio;
Diver down flag to be displayed as highest point of boat;
Small tarp to lay debris bags on (keeps boat clean).

MCII SUPPLIES THE FOLLOWING-
Collection bags;
We have a few old diver down flags and float for $5.00 each as is;

Divers may get air at Dive Odyssea after completing cleanup dive- mention Captain don.