2014 Florida Volunteer Updates

As the North Atlantic right whales migrate to the South Georgia/Northern Florida coast each winter volunteers help watch for and capture critical details related to this endangered species. This information helps scientists track the fate of the species and acts as a first alert system to pilots in the shipping lanes to avoid accidental killings. This blog shares the findings, photos and other pertinent information gathered from the Palm Coast Sector Volunteer Team while helping to connect and communicate the many ways we can protect the right whales and sustain our wonderful ocean life.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Whale of a Solution You Can Stand On...

    David Bird - founder / owner of Custom Cordage

I'm sitting here watching a pod of dolphin roll up and over the ocean's sparkling surface reminding me that our whale watch season is just beyond the next wave. In fact, this Saturday, November 20 I'll be heading up to Jacksonville for the Northern Right Whale Festival not only to help officially kick off the season but also to check out a cool product - the amazingly beautiful and durable door mats made from the float-rope once used by Maine's lobster fishermen! That's right. Door mats hand made by the folks at Custom Cordage. 

There was a problem related to our whales up in New England. Lobstermen were using a type of rope called a float-rope to string together many traps along the ocean floor and up to the buoys. The problem was that the whales often became entangled in the ropes which led to a number of injuries and sometimes deaths. Then the state of Maine mandated the lobstermen stop using the float-rope and start using a new and safer rope called a sink-rope. But how would they convince the lobstermen to turn in their expensive rope and how would they dispose of the thousands of pounds of old rope? That's when David Bird stepped in and came up with a creative solution to reuse the rope. 

Of course there are others involved like the local government that helps motivate the lobstermen to turn in their expensive rope with a buy-back program and David's company collects and recycles the rope and turns it into beautiful and virtually indestructible...hand made door mats! So if you're heading up to Jacksonville for the festival this Saturday check out their booth and pick up a door mat or two. They make great gifts!

Yours in the ocean life, CS.
Saturday, November 20 / 10 AM - 4 PM
Jacksonville Beach, Seawalk Pavilion


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