Year: 2017, 2016
Location: Newport, RI
The goal of the Aquidneck Island Marina Trash Skimmer Project is to reduce the amount of marine debris in the Newport Harbor, near Sail Newport, and New England Boatworks; bring awareness to the types of debris and potential sources; and promote environmental stewardship among both residents and tourists. Marina Trash Skimmers have been used around the U.S. and are a highly effective method for removing marine debris in harbors, marinas and waterfronts. They operate essentially as a large, industrial sized pool filter, filtering water through 24 hours a day capturing floating debris and absorbing surface oil or other contaminants. As the Marina Trash Skimmers need to be emptied regularly, contents collected can be analyzed to better understand what debris is most prevalent in each location and potential sources of that pollution. Marina Trash Skimmers are installed right at Perrotti Park in downtown Newport, near Sail Newport’s new educational center and in the New England Boatworks marina; educational signage and resources on what we all can do to prevent marine debris will be highly visible, potentially reaching hundreds of thousands of visitors. The ultimate aim of installing the Marina Trash Skimmers is to showcase their use and potential in other harbors, boat yards, marinas and waterfronts across the region!