“It is the small things in life which count; it is the inconsequential leak which empties the biggest reservoir.” – Charles Comiskey
Almost every day, you will find a Cortado or Timbalero SeaTeam member netting plastic that we find floating in the water. It’s so easy to walk past, and yet. As cruisers, we feel we must make a conscious decision to either ignore it or do something about it.
In 2014, we started a community service mission we call “SeaTeam.” So far, we have pulled thousands of pieces of plastic out of the sea that will never again threaten our waterways or wildlife. *(see our blog post: “Every Piece Counts”)
SeaTeam is our small effort to point a spotlight on the widely accepted, prevalent and damaging presence of plastic in our waterways. “Making a difference” is as easy as picking up a net and bagging a few pieces of trash. It is our hope that others will join our team as well!
TEAM MEMBERS NEEDED: Noone can solve this problem alone. This is not a marina-management issue, but a social responsibilty. It takes each one of us (young and old!) doing our small part to accomplish a big thing.
We CAN reduce plastics in the water and our food source IF we work together.
Notice the manatee below Sophia’s foot in the photo above – on this day in Miami, we removed a heap of floating debris from the water and were rewarded by a visit from a very grateful sea-cow (we named him Doug).
Nature notices when we are helping.
Scientists have identified more than 690 species of marine wildlife that have been affected by marine debris. There’s no doubt about it: ocean pollution is a big problem. An estimated eight million metric tons of plastic waste flow from land into the ocean every year, meaning that by 2025 there could be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish! – Ocean Conservancy Inc.
JOIN US. If you own or manage a marina, please ask us about ways to get the right kinds of nets in the hands of the cruisers and sailors in your area. If you are a sailor or a cruiser and want to lend a hand on your own – tell us where you are… we will send you a note of thanks and add your name to our CORTADO SEATEAM mailing list!
“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do something I can do” – Helen Keller