Fishing for Energy Partnership Adds New Ports in Massachusetts and Surpasses 300,000 Pound Derelict Fishing Gear Processing

Fishing for Energy Partnership Adds New Ports in Massachusetts and Surpasses 
300,000 Pound Derelict Fishing Gear Processing Milestone at
Covanta's Haverhill, MA Energy-From-Waste Facility 
Gloucester, MA Returns to the Fishing for Energy Program and Martha's
Vineyard Becomes First Island Community to Participate 
HAVERHILL, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/29/13 --  Fishing for Energy,
the innovative public-private partnership that provides commercial
fishermen a cost-free way to recycle old and unusable fishing gear,
is celebrating a significant milestone today with Covanta Haverhill
surpassing the 300,000 pound program-to-date mark of total derelict
fishing gear processed at the Energy-from-Waste facility located in
northern Massachusetts. In a ceremony held this morning at Covanta
Haverhill, Fishing for Energy welcomed two port partners to the
program -- Martha's Vineyard and Gloucester, MA.  
Fishing for Energy is a nationwide partnership between Covanta Energy
Corporation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris
Program, and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. The partnership offers
commercial fishermen a way to dispose of old, derelict fishing gear
free of charge, providing conveniently-located collection bins for
disposal, making it easy for fishing communities, even remote ones
like Martha's Vineyard, to deal with the issue of derelict gear. As a
result, the partnership reduces the amount of gear that ends up in
U.S. coastal waters, converting it into clean, renewable energy by
processing it at Covanta Energy-from-Waste facilities around the
country.  
The Covanta Haverhill Energy-from-Waste facility has been one of the
longest participating Covanta facilities in the Fishing for Energy
program, collecting gear since the partnership's inception in 2008.
Haverhill accepts gear from New England locations including Maine
(Portland), New Hampshire (Rye and Hampton) and Massachusetts
(Gloucester, Rockport, Boston, Newburyport and Martha's Vineyard).  
"Massachusetts is known for having one of the nation's oldest and
most productive fishing industries. Derelict fishing gear is an
unfortunate consequence of this productive fishery," Said
Representative Brian Dempsey. "The continued partnership goes a long
way to ensuring the stability, maintenance and future of
Massachusetts' vital ocean habitat." 
"Martha's Vineyard not only has a commercial fishing fleet that
brings in derelict equipment, but because we're an island, a lot of
gear ends up stockpiled on people's property," commented Dukes County
Fishermen's Association Event Coordinator Lynne Fraker. "We received
a 30-yard bin at the end of February and had it filled within a
month." Once collected, the gear was ferried to the mainland and
hauled to the Covanta Haverhill facility, thanks to Fishing for
Energy partner, Schnitzer Steel.  
Colin Kelly, Schnitzer Steel's manager of government and public
relations said, "Schnitzer Steel is proud to be an integral partner
in Fishing for Energy. The program provides a great opportunity for
local fishermen to dispose of unused gear to protect the marine
environment that is so important to their livelihoods, and gets
additional uses out of all the discarded materials through recycling
and generating renewable energy."  
Although the first community to participate in the Fishing for Energy
partnership when it began in 2008, Gloucester, MA, due to space
limitations, does not have a permanent bin available to fishermen.
Instead, when demand is high enough, Gloucester officials coordinate
with Fishing for Energy partners to help manage the accumulated gear
collected from local fishermen. Beth Cassoni, Associate Executive
Director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association, stated, "The
Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association is pleased to be a part of the
clean-up effort being put forth in Gloucester. Thank you to Arthur
'Sooky' Sawyer, Vice President of the MLA, for your part in
coordinating this effort." 
Abandoned or lost fishing equipment, a type of marine debris, can
threaten marine life in a number of ways -- by damaging ecosystems as
nets and heavy equipment settle upon the ocean floor, or through
'ghost fishing,' wherein a net continues to catch fish even if
abandoned or lost. Gear can also impact navigational safety, damage
fishing equipment and boats that are in use, and have economic
repercussions on fishing and shipping enterprises and coastal
communities.  
Fishing for Energy thrives due to extensive cooperation between
government, private, public and local organizations. The diversity of
the partners results in a unique, community-focused program that
addresses a marine environmental issue, reduces costs for small
commercial fishing businesses and recycles metal and recovers energy
from the remaining material.  
Since launching in 2008, Fishing for Energy has processed more than
2.2 million pounds of old fishing gear, a portion of which has been
retrieved directly from the ocean by fishermen. Fishing for Energy is
a recipient of the prestigious Coastal America Partnership Award,
which is presented to groups that restore and protect coastal
ecosystems through collaborative action and partnership. The
partnership has expanded to include a grant program that directly
supports efforts to remove derelict fishing gear from U.S. coastal
waters and will continue to partner with new ports to promote retired
or derelict fishing gear collection through community education and
outreach. For more information on the partnership visit:
www.nfwf.org/fishingforenergy.  
About Covanta
 Covanta Energy Corporation is an internationally
recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and
renewable energy projects. Covanta's 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities
provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their
solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to
generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern
Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert
approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours
of clean, renewable electricity and create more than 9 billion pounds
of steam sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit
www.covantaenergy.com. 
About NOAA
 NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's
environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun,
and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. The NOAA
Marine Debris Program, housed within the Office of Response &
Restoration, coordinates, strengthens, and increases the visibility
of marine debris issues and efforts within the agency, its partners,
and the public. The program supports activities at both a national
and international level focused on identifying, reducing and
preventing debris from entering the marine environment. NOAA's Office
of Response and Restoration (OR&R) protects coastal and marine
resources, mitigates threats, reduces harm, and restores ecological
function. The Office provides comprehensive solutions to
environmental hazards caused by oil, chemicals, and marine debris.
For more information on marine debris, visit:
www.marinedebris.noaa.gov 
About National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
 A nonprofit established
by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
sustains, restores and enhances the nation's fish, wildlife, plants
and habitats. Through leadership conservation investments with public
and private partners, NFWF
 is dedicated to achieving maximum
conservation impact by developing and applying best practices and
innovative methods for measurable outcomes. Since its establishment,
NFWF has awarded grants to over 4,000 organizations in the United
States and abroad and leveraged -- with its partners -- more than
$618 million in federal funds into more than $2.1 billion for
on-the-ground conservation. For more information, visit www.nfwf.org. 
About Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.
 Schnitzer Steel Industries,
Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled
ferrous metal products in the United States with 56 operating
facilities located in 14 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada. The
business has seven deep water export facilities located on both the
East and West Coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The Company's
integrated operating platform also includes its auto parts and steel
manufacturing businesses. The Company's auto parts business sells
used auto parts through its 50 self-service facilities located in 14
states and Western Canada. With an effective annual production
capacity of approximately 800,000 tons, the Company's steel
manufacturing business produces finished steel products, including
rebar, wire rod and other specialty products. The Company commenced
its 106th year of operations in fiscal 2012. Schnitzer was named
Scrap Company of the Year by American Metals Market's 2011 Awards for
Steel Excellence. This award recognizes advancements rooted in
pioneering and implementing business improvements that have delivered
real change to the steel industry. 
Media Contact:
Jill Stueck 
Covanta Energy
862-345-5487
jstueck@CovantaEnergy.com  
Port Contact:
Erin Hofmann
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(202) 595-2469
erin.hofmann@nfwf.org 
 
 
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