The Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation reported it has cleaned more than 400,000 pounds of debris from Alaska's beaches this year. A press release states this brings the cleanup total since 2003 to more than 2 million pounds.
The release states the Foundation worked with 12 tribes, communities, nonprofits and other businesses to conduct this year's efforts. This included projects in Southeast Alaska near Sitka and Craig, Prince William Sound, the Kodiak Archipelago, Nelson Lagoon, Port Heiden, the Pribilof Islands, Hooper Bay, Teller and Wales. One significant project was the removal of a derelict fishing vessel on St. Paul Island.
In the release, MCA Foundation President Anne Vanderhoeven said, "We are especially appreciative of our partners who plan these projects and carry them out under difficult beach and weather conditions. It is especially gratifying to see communities that are inspired by the cleanup projects in a way that renews community pride."
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