Thousands of cigarette butts have unintentionally littered our ocean!

The Aquidneck Island Trash Skimmers, made possible by funding from 11th Hour Racing, have removed 2,923 cigarette butts, and 1,294 pieces of litter related to tobacco products from the ocean since June 5, 2017. As two of the trash skimmers are located in the Newport Harbor near a stormwater outfall, it is likely that this litter was carried by stormwater runoff. To reduce the amount of tobacco products that end up in the ocean, simple practices should take place on land. Try not to flick cigarette butts out of the car window, stomp them on the ground, or throw them in storm drains. Rather, poke them out and throw them in the trash or designated receptacles. This simple solution will likely have a positive impact on ocean health and reduce the amount of tobacco products found in the harbor.

You can stop single-use cutlery from littering our ocean!

The Aquidneck Island Trash Skimmers, made possible by funding from 11th Hour Racing, have removed 141 pieces of single-use cutlery from the ocean since June 5, 2017. Since some foods are nearly impossible to enjoy without utensils, but consider reusable cutlery as a simple alternative, with a lasting impact on ocean health. Reusable utensils are typically made from stainless steel and bamboo, come with their own, unique carrying case, making them compact enough to take anywhere on the go!

Max Kraimer carries out his second internship with COA!

Max Kraimer is now performing his 2nd intern with us after a very successful summer intern where he hosted over 15 marine debris removal events and performed detailed analysis of the performance of the New England Boatworks trash skimmer. He is a Senior at Roger Williams University working towards a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, with a minor on Sustainability studies. He is now taking on the big task of assembling our skimmer discovery report, as well as, our annual report for marine debris removal events. Max thinks about the big picture, asks the hard questions, and we are grateful for his passion for sustainability and the significant contributions he has made to the mission of COA.

Skip the straw to protect the sea!

The Aquidneck Island Trash Skimmers, made possible by funding from 11th Hour Racing, have removed 561 straws and stirrers from the ocean since June 5, 2017. Straws have notoriously littered our shoreline and waterways for years. Consider skipping the straw at restaurants to begin the conversation of eliminating plastic straws. If straws are absolutely necessary, consider the simple practice of choosing biodegradable straws, or better yet, reusable straws!

Click any of the following links to purchase your reusable straw today!

  • skip the straw $0!
  • reusable stainless steel straw ($10 per 4-pack) Wal-Mart
  • reusable plastic straw ($4 per 6-pack) Bed Bath & Beyond
  • reusable glass straw ($17 per 4-pack) Amazon
  • reusable bamboo straw ($20 per 12-pack) Amazon