From plastic bottles to balloons to old fishing gear, the oceans are heavily polluted. This issue is of high concern and has led to the collaboration of four organizations to develop the Fishing For Energy partnership. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Foundation (NOAA), Schnitzer Steel and Covanta Energy Corporation have come together to use marine debris to make energy. This is done at a Covanta waste to energy facility, one of which is in Haverhill, MA. I was able to accompany one of my mentors, Dr. Gabby Bradt, to Haverhill to tour the facility and listen to the partners discuss the progress of this program.
|Covanta facility in Haverhill, Photo courtesy of NH Sea Grant|
|Gabby giving her talk!|
|First stop for the waste!|
|Close up of lobster traps in the waste facility.|