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Coast Guard crew cleans up Main Bay

Valdez, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island crew conduct a shore line clean up of trash and debris in Main Bay in Prince William Sound, while returning from a patrol in the Gulf of Alaska Tuesday.

While responding to the grounding of the fishing vessel Cape Cross this past July, the crew of Long Island noticed a considerable amount of trash and debris along the shoreline ranging from cans and old magazines to broken foam fishing floats and plastic bags. The crew spent five hours cleaning the beaches and shoreline of Main Bay hauling away over five bags of trash.

“During the response to the fishing vessel Cape Cross incident in July, my crew observed a significant amount of trash along the shoreline of Main Bay,” said Lt. John Christensen, commanding officer of the Long Island. “With that information I looked for an opportune time to return to Main Bay during future patrols. With the recent rash of bad weather in the Gulf of Alaska and a limited number of vessels at sea this time of year, this was a perfect time to return and clean the beaches before they are covered in snow.”

The Long Island crew also ensured that gear remaining at existing campsites was secured for the upcoming winter months.

The Long Island is a 110′ Patrol Boat homeported in Valdez. Spending much of their time in the Gulf of Alaska conducting fisheries enforcement, Long Island also conducts search and rescue, homeland security, and environmental protection missions throughout South Central Alaska.

VALDEZ, Alaska – Coast Guard Cutter Long Island crewmembers (left to right) Petty Officer 1st Class Mathew Sponable, Lt. j.g. Ryan Clark, Petty Officer 3rd Class Mathew Asire and Seaman Joseph Sheppleman stand together proudly displaying their efforts after more than five hours of shoreline trash and debris cleanup in Main Bay, Prince William Sound, Sept. 28, 2010.
The Long Island crew spent more than five hours collecting trash and debris from the shoreline collecting five full trash bags full of discarded cans, old magazines, broken foam fishing floats and plastic bags.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard cutter Long Island

VALDEZ, Alaska – Coast Guard Seamen Joseph Sheppleman a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island picks up trash along the shore of Main Bay in Prince William Sound Sept. 28, 2010.
The Long Island crew spent more than five hours collecting trash and debris from the shoreline collecting five full trash bags full of discarded cans, old magazines, broken foam fishing floats and plastic bags.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the Coast Guard cutter Long Island

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