910 Pounds of Trash Removed from Santa Cruz Island

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S.B. Adventure Company owner Michael Cohen and Claire Fackler of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
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S.B. Adventure Company owner Michael Cohen and Claire Fackler of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

A flotilla of about 50 eco-minded kayakers collected 910 pounds of trash from Santa Cruz Island on 1/15 to generate attention for Underwater Parks Day later in the week. The event was organized by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, and Island Packers and included participation from Channel Island Outfitters, the Environmental Defense Center, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, Aquasports, Channel Islands National Park Service, and Save the Mermaids. The group picked up more than double the amount of garbage it did during a similar event last year.


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Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The rest will go to Bravo.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 11:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The whale pod probably was behind this.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 3:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I wish the article contained information about the source of the trash.

Is it flotsam from the sea, i.e. commercial fishing, commercial shipping, pleasure boating or Japan?

Is it campers or smuggler camps?

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Panga Boat crews likely...
It's a good thing the authorities are catching them all. I'm sure the trash problem will be less severe now.

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 4:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Marijuana bales make up for 100 of those pounds.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 8:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)


touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey people, how about expressing a bit of gratitude here? These good people pulled a freakin' half-ton of garbage out of the ocean! They were not paid to do this - they volunteered their time, contributed their transportation costs, etc. all for the sake of simply cleaning up a small bit of our mess.

These guys are out there doing what they can to clean up the crap we've allowed to be spewed out there. I know I am not the only one who appreciates what they're doing on behalf of us all.

THANK YOU Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper. THANK YOU Santa Barbara Adventure Company. THANK YOU Island Packers. THANK YOU Channel Island Outfitters. THANK YOU Environmental Defense Center. THANK YOU NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries. THANK YOU Aquasports. THANK YOU Channel Islands National Park Service. THANK YOU Save the Mermaids.

freshpavement (anonymous profile)
January 23, 2014 at 9:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If they want my thanks, they can start with the trash on lower Milpas.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2014 at 9:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad to see ChannelKeepers is spending their donation dollars doing something productive; rather than recklessly harassing cruise ships who can bolster city tourism revenues in the least intrusive way.

Yes, good work volunteers. Thank you. Agree, it would be interesting to learn where the bulk of this trash had originated.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2014 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Right on, freshpavement!

GregMohr (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2014 at 2:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Would it not be wonderful is this was not necessary. But that will not happen until people who keep their homes and cars and boats spotless often by littering the outdoors, have a desire to keep the outdoors spotless as well.

Ditto for freshpavement's thanks.

As for the first comment, how true.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2014 at 3:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)


sallyt (anonymous profile)
January 25, 2014 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree with many here in this was great the folks did the cleanup.

However, I think it would go a long way to find out the source of the trash as some have suggested. Did it come from island campers, cruise ships, pleasure boaters, flotsam from Japan...?

Barron (anonymous profile)
January 25, 2014 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm sure most of the trash was left by the Eucylyptus Eradicators from the Nature Conservancy

thomas592003 (anonymous profile)
January 26, 2014 at 8:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I doubt that the teams that removed the water-thirsty eucs would have left any trash. I don't know how one can "be sure" with no evidence.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 5:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The trash did not come from cruise ships. They follow very strict environmental regulations. Stop fantasizing they are environmental scofflaws. The hordes of vagrants you let live in the creek beds, who Channel Keepers also refuses to take on, is a primary source of ocean pollution.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 8:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why to people who Hate America want the cruise ships to comply with the law?

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
January 27, 2014 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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