Marine Debris Clean Up

As you walk on our beaches, not only are you startled by their raw beauty but also, sometimes, by the debris that has washed up from many unknown sources.

Each year, the Conservancy employs several Islanders who are tasked with removing the trash and other materials which either wash up on our shores or are left behind. This material ranges from cans and bottles to mylar balloons, coolers, fishing lines, lobster traps and tires, among many other items.

Beach Cleanup Guidelines

As rusted metal, hypodermic needles, glass and sharp plastic are commonly encountered during cleaning, there are some guidelines that should be followed during a beach cleanup:

  • Bags fill quickly and should be carried away from the body to avoid injury.
  • Thick work gloves should be worn to protect hands at all times.
  • A sharps container should be carried for things such as needles.
  • Bags should not be left at the beach, but brought to the transfer station or the dump.

Fishers Island Zone Map

N1: Airport Beach, Silver Eel Cove, Little Stony, Hay Harbor Club Beach, Holiday House

N6: South Dumpling Beaches, Grey Gulls, Beach at Stables, Dock Beach, North Hill

N5: Clay Point Road Beaches, Chocomount Cove, Hungry Point, East Harbor

E4: Latimer Light Beach, Beaches to Left of Castle Road, Houghton Beach, Beaches Behind Money Pond

S2: The Race, Sanctuary of the Sands, South Beach, Wilderness Point, Isabella Beach

S3: Chocomount Beach, Beach Before Big Club

Fishers Island Marine Debris Historical Analysis

January 2022 – July 2022

ZONEWEIGHT (LBS)TIME (HOURS)
E466788
N1662103
N528842
N6661104
S21324204
S31062144
TOTAL4,664685

2022 MONTHLY SUMMARY

ZONEWEIGHT (LBS)TIME (HOURS)
JANUARY69793.0
FEBRUARY57272.0
MARCH898107.5
APRIL826103.5
MAY58584.5
JUNE625103.5
JULY461121.0
TOTAL4,664685.0

2021 ZONE SUMMARY

(January – December)

ZONEWEIGHT (LBS)TIME (HOURS)
No Zone3425
E41071115.5
N11010123.5
N596977.5
N6994111
S22,258274
S31,275159
S4145
TOTAL7,651892.5

2021 MONTHLY SUMMARY

ZONEWEIGHT (LBS)TIME (HOURS)
JANUARY77175
FEBRUARY80568.5
MARCH1073101.5
APRIL868100
MAY512100
JUNE806102
JULY749104
AUGUST35150
SEPTEMBER76587.5
OCTOBER00
NOVEMBER00
DECEMBER951114
TOTAL7,651892.5

Fishers Island Marine 2022 Totals

MONTHWEIGHTTIME
JAN69792.5
FEB57272
MAR898107.5
TOTAL2,167272

Fishers Island Marine Debris 2020 Totals

MONTHWEIGHTHOURS
January83256
February1,44254.5
March1,627122
April61362
May1,15495.5
June1,328114.5
July78397.5
August1,181141.5
September75584.5
October982107
November1,21094
December1,31766
TOTAL13,2241,095