On many Alaska beaches, plastic washes up faster than it can be picked up. The remote locations and mountains of plastic make Chris Pallister’s clean up work incredibly expensive.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies will wrap up a one-year grant aimed at teaching Kenai Peninsula classrooms about marine debris.
In Prince William Sound, for example, Montague Island’s shoreline has 30 tons of plastic debris per mile, according to Chris Pallister of Gulf of Alaska Keeper.
Thanks to funding from the government of Japan, plans are being made to pick up hundreds of tons of plastic marine debris that has been gathered from Alaska beaches
The state is planning an aerial survey this spring to figure out how much new debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami has arrived on Alaska’s shores.