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“Derelict is Dangerous” Sign Hanging

DECEMBER 16, 2019 — On December 4, the Weeks Bay Foundation, in partnership with the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program wrapped up a two year derelict vessel removal project by hanging 25 “Derelict is Dangerous” signs at each of the state- or county-owned boat launches in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Group of four people pose with a sign.
Caitlin and project partners from Weeks Bay Foundation and Reserve display “Derelict is Dangerous” Campaign materials. Image credit: Yael Girard.

Caitlin Wessel, the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Coordinator, was there along with other state and county partners to help with the sign hanging.

This project removed six derelict vessels, along with 1,400 lbs. of smaller debris, across 6,000 acres of the Weeks Bay Reserve. The “Derelict is Dangerous” campaign to educate boaters and prevent vessels from being abandoned or becoming derelict in the first place will carry on and help to protect the sensitive habitats of coastal Alabama.

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Derelict is Dangerous boat launch sign. Image credit: Weeks Bay Foundation.
Last updated Friday, December 20, 2019 3:51pm PST