Sailors clean Tampa Bay area waters from plastic in new way

Hillsborough County

RUSKIN, Fla. (WFLA) – Plastic pollution is choking our oceans, tricking into our local rivers, lakes and streams, poisoning wildlife – and all of us.

The United Nations estimates that by the year 2050, we will have more plastic debris in our oceans than fish.

To help clean up our waterways, the American Sailing Association has a new crusade called “Operation Plastic Pollution Purge.”

As the summer sailing season hits full swing, boaters in our area, and throughout the nation, are joining forces to clean trash from our waterways.

Captian George “Nordie” Norwood in Ruskin told 8 On Your Side’s Lila Gross this is a people problem as much as it is a plastic problem.

The big concern is as plastic breaks up into tiny pieces, birds and fish think it’s food and eat it.

Their bellies get full and they ultimately starve themselves to death, killing our food supply.

Captian Nordie says folks in the Tampa Bay area can do their part by sipping from reusable water bottles and picking up trash from our beaches.

St. Pete woman accused of picking nose, sticking fingers in ice cream; urinating on ice cream maker
NEW VIDEO: Shark dragging case shows animal was also shot
Port Charlotte woman gets flesh-eating bacteria in foot at popular Florida beach
Dunkin’ Donuts manager arrested for hiring fake employee, pocketing checks
In US 1st, baby is born from dead donor’s transplanted womb
Rays minor league pitcher ‘flipped’ bus into home with girlfriend
Photo of starfish with ‘big butt’ goes viral

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Videos

More Video
More Contests

Trending Stories

get the app

News App

Weather App

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss