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October 22, 2012

Dispose of unwanted marine equipment at Beaufort-area Clean Marine event Nov. 2-4

Boaters will be able to dispose of unwanted, damaged, and unusable equipment for free at a special three-day event, Nov. 2-4, 2012.

The Clean Marine event is intended to help prevent boating and fishing equipment from becoming derelict or discarded into our coastal waterways and marshes. Abandoned boats, old fishing gear, discarded equipment and building materials become marine debris that threatens the health and safety of our coastal environment. Let’s work together to dispose of unused equipment properly before it damages the marsh, shellfish beds, and endangers people and marine life.

Staff volunteers will be on hand to coordinate collection Nov. 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Nov. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

* Grays Hill Landing

* Bluffton Oyster Factory Park

* Broad River Bridge Landing/Fishing Pier

* C.C. Haig Landing

* Port Royal Landing Marina

* Benny Hudson Seafood Dock

* Port Royal Commercial Dock

* Broad Creek Marina

* Edgar Glenn Landing (Old Lemon Island Marina)

* Palmetto Bay Marina

* Buddy & Zoo/Station Creek Landing

Acceptable items for disposal include motors, anchors, dock lines, crab traps, nets, coolers, scrap material and accessories. No oils, fuel, solvents, paint or cleaners will be accepted at this event. Large items, including watercraft and trailers, and restricted fluids must be coordinated through Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling, call (843) 255-2734.

This event is organized by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, Beaufort County Public Works, Beaufort Soil & Water Conservation District and a broad coalition of community partners like the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. The overall project is supported through grants from the University of Georgia SEA-MDI/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boat US Foundation, and a United Parcel Service grant to Keep America Beautiful.

Citizen volunteers are also being recruited to help guide disposal activities. For more information at http://www.scdhec.gov/cleanmarine/ and https://www.facebook.com/CleanMarineSC.

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