All words by Bren masters student Laura Ingulsurd, adapted from an Office of National Marine Sanctuary Weekly Situation Report.
CINMS beach cleanup at Chinese Harbor on Santa Cruz Island collects 1,240 pounds of trash during “Get Into Your Sanctuary” weekend
To kick off “Get Into Your Sanctuary” weekend, on Friday August 2, a mix of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) staff, interns, Sanctuary Advisory Council members, and local Santa Barbara lobster fishermen crossed the Santa Barbara Channel in the R/V Shearwater to clean trash off a Santa Cruz Island beach. Here's the breakdown from the day's activities:
Significance: The waters of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are some of the state of California’s most productive fishing grounds. Sanctuary staff and local commercial fishermen are proud to collaborate and work together to clean up marine debris.
Clockwise from top left: A lobster boat using its hydraulic pulley system to transport bagged trash off the beach (photo: Laura Ingulsrud); Summer interns repping “Get Into Your Sanctuary” shirts while removing trash from sanctuary shores (photo: Pike Spector); Part of the cleanup crew posing with their finds (photo: Sean Hastings).
Pike Spector is currently a Research Operations Specialist with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary