We are concentrating our efforts on removal of traps from the shores of Baker (and surprisingly far inland) as well as those of other outer islands. Of course any gear that is salvageable is returned to the owners, but of the 100 + traps moved on Baker in 2011, only 4-5 could be repaired.
John is working on developing tools and a system to process damaged traps on-island so they can be more safely and efficiently removed for recycling.
He will make these tools available for other groups to use in their shoreline cleanup efforts.
KOBI photo, July 2012
KOBI will only work under the official guidelines as set by the State of Maine for handling grounded traps and tackle.
Further we stand committed to seeing that the highest possible percentage of this debris be recycled, and kept out of the waste stream.
Because of the difficulty in shore access on Baker the traps found on the far side of the island are attached to back pack frames and hiked up the Dancing Rocks path and staged at the barn, later to be hauled to the landing by our tractor. THE AVERAGE TIME TO GET A TRAP TO THE LANDING IS ABOUT 1 HOUR!