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‘Fishing for Energy’ Project Clears Barnegat Bay's Floor of Underwater Debris

Hundreds of lost and abandoned crab pots being recycled and converted to electricity

There are hundreds of them littering the bottom of Barnegat Bay. Not shipwrecks. Not treasure chests filled with pirate gold. Lost and abandoned crab pots.

The project, funded with a $100,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is spearheaded by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

The goal is to collect 26,000 pounds of old pots, a task made more difficult by recent storms that have shifted the underwater debris, which threatens navigation and can harm marine species. The initiative is expected to take several years to complete.

The recovered crab pots are being recycled and incinerated by Covanta, an energy company in Rahway that produces electricity and is already processing marine debris in 10 other states through a project called Fishing for Energy.

Read the full report by NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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