The City of Bayou La Batre, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program are cooperating in the removal of 21 abandoned and derelict vessels and other marine debris from the waters of Bayou La Batre.
The City of Bayou La Batre, DISL, and volunteers through The Nature Conservancy are also actively restoring local damaged salt marsh through plantings and by removing small debris items from the affected area. In all, approximately 19,300 square feet of impacted habitat is being restored through both passive and active restoration efforts.
To prevent future abandonment of vessels and marine litter in the community, the project partners are also implementing a public awareness and outreach campaign to educate the local community about proper mooring practices and vessel disposal options.
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source: NOAA Marine Debris Program (marinedebris.noaa.gov)