CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a
half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line
in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands.
The Ventura County Star (http://bit.ly/1gSQrOg ) reports Sunday that
the nonprofit group Ocean Defenders Alliance began scouring the area for
abandoned ocean gear in September.
They have found everything from anchors to decayed traps. Last week, divers recovered a 200-pound net.
The Huntington Beach-based group formed more than a decade ago and
has done much of its work around San Pedro. It has also worked off the
coast of San Diego and Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
One volunteer says he once found an artificial reef with hundreds of toilets and tires off the Malibu coast.
Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com