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Sys­sel­man­nen remo­ves gar­ba­ge from Svalbard´s beaches

This year an amount of 101 cubic meters of gar­ba­ge was collec­ted on the Sysselmannen´s annu­al cleanup crui­se to remo­te beaches in Sval­bard. The Sysselmannen´s ship ‘Polar­sys­sel’ was ope­ra­ting for eight days, approa­ching three pla­ces at the west- and the north coast of the main island Spits­ber­gen and two pla­ces in the nor­thwest of the island Nord­aus­t­lan­det. 24 vol­un­te­ers sup­por­ted the Sysselmannen´s crew in clea­ning the sin­gle coast­li­nes from gar­ba­ge that was was­hed ashore.

It is most of all plastic gar­ba­ge of dif­fe­rent kind and size from all over the world which floats on the ocean´s sur­face, some­ti­mes for years, and final­ly finds its way to the coast. And the big­ger part deri­ves from the fishing indus­try: fish­nets, fish­net floats, ropes and so on. For ani­mals the gar­ba­ge can turn into a let­hal trap, in the water as well as ashore. Sea­b­irds for examp­le swal­low small pie­ces of plastic which they are not able to digest. They final­ly die by the accu­mu­la­ti­on of plastic pie­ces in their sto­machs. Birds and other ani­mals get ent­an­gled in ropes and fish­nets. On this year´s cam­pai­gn the Sysselmannen´s crew found a rein­de­er ske­le­ton com­ple­te­ly wrap­ped in a fish­net and in 2014 a polar bear was trai­ling a huge fish­net with its ear. The net got stuck at an ear­mark pla­ced by sci­en­tists (see also Spitsbergen-Svalbard.com news Again polar bear caught in fishing net from August 2014).

With 101 cubic meters the­re was more gar­ba­ge collec­ted than last year (88 cubic meters). Yet, the Sysselmannen´s cleanup crui­se was not as suc­cess­ful as expec­ted. In the begin­ning the work was two times dis­tur­bed by polar bears showing up and later bad wea­ther pre­ven­ted the approach to high­ly pol­lu­t­ed beaches. Spe­cial thanks go to the local popu­la­ti­on with its wil­ling­ness to sup­port the cam­pai­gn. More than 200 locals vol­un­te­e­red for the cleanup and final­ly 24 were cho­sen to accom­pa­ny the Sysselmannen´s crew.

Gene­ral­ly, the Sys­sel­man­nen can only cover a very small part of Svalbard´s coasts with this annu­al cam­pai­gn, as for examp­le this year the­re were only five beaches clea­ned. The­re­fo­re smal­ler pri­va­te expe­di­ti­on crui­se ships are a signi­fi­cant help in this case, as most of them con­stant­ly arran­ge simi­lar cleanups with their pas­sen­gers (see also Spitsbergen-Svalbard.com news The Oce­an Cleanup: solu­ti­on for the glo­bal plastic pol­lu­ti­on pro­blem from June 2014).

Fish­net was­hed ashore
© Chris­ti­an Nico­lai Bjør­ke

Bear-Fishernet

Source: Sys­sel­man­nen, Sval­bard­pos­ten

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