June 10, 2018
On June 19th, 2018, United By Blue , Luke's Lobster , Maine Coast Heritage Trust , Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation , Maine Island Trail Association , and Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op, and George's River Land Trust joined forces for an offshore cleanup of Criehaven Island in Tenants Harbor, Maine!
United By Blue’s clean-up crew assembled mini task forces to head out on from Luke’s Lobster Shack on various lobster boats and skiffs to Criehaven and Ellwell Island to haul off the trash. This is the third annual Tenants Harbor Island Clean Up, sponsored by the Tenants Harbor Fisherman's Co-op, and each year, the event focuses on a different island.
The amount of trash bags, broken gear, Styrofoam, plastic junk and debris that came back on the boats was enough to fill up a 30-foot dumpster. Plastic and styrofoam were the worst culprits. After a day of cleaning, volunteers pulled in 5,260 pounds of trash and recycling, preventing it from flowing deeper into the open Atlantic. Besides the typical ocean debris, volunteers brought back some interesting items for our Weird Trash Competition, including a coconut “head,” muskrat skull and a whale tail bone.
To reward everyone for their hard work, Luke’s Lobster provided a giant lobster bake with corn, potatoes, beer from Allagash Brewing Co., and Green Bee sodas and cookies.
United By Blue thanks all partners and volunteers for making our first cleanup in Maine a success!