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MUN group studying marine debris in Placentia Bay

Left to right: Alex Hayward, Justine Ammendolia, France Liboiron and Jessica Melvin.
Left to right: Alex Hayward, Justine Ammendolia, France Liboiron and Jessica Melvin. - Mark Squibb

Arnold’s Cove Beach ‘top priority’

ARNOLD'S COVE, NL— A group of environmental researchers will be cleaning beaches in Placentia Bay over the next six months to contribute to the study of marine debris and its effect on both human and animal life.

The Placentia Bay Ocean Debris Survey group, led by Jessica Melvin, is funded by Memorial University for at least six months of work; Melvin hopes the group can receive funding for a full four years’ worth of study.

The group will be cleaning up Fox Cove, Jean de Baie, Arnold’s Cove, St. Brides, Point Lance, Long Harbour and Long Island.

Melvin explains that Arnold’s Cove is a top priority because it is a ‘collector beach’.

“It’s right at the head of Placentia Bay, and the wind is always hitting Arnold’s Cove. There have been a couple a of marine debris surveys here before and they’ve shown Arnold’s Cove gets more debris than anywhere else.”

The group began their clean up Monday, May 14, and say they are finding lots of shotgun shells and fishing line.

Melvin explained that marine debris poses dangers to wildlife, but that containments from debris could also prove harmful to humans.

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