For World Oceans Day, Fishing for Energy Announces Support for Marine Debris Education Programs at Aquariums across the United

 For World Oceans Day, Fishing for Energy Announces Support for Marine Debris
           Education Programs at Aquariums across the United States

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --In honor of World Oceans Day on June
8^th, Fishing for Energy, the public-private partnership aimed at reducing the
adverse effects of derelict fishing gear and marine debris, has announced
$150,000 in grant support from Covanta, a world leader in sustainable waste
management and renewable energy. The funds will support projects that
increase public awareness of the threat derelict gear (gear that is lost in
the ocean) and marine debris pose to the marine environment. The Fishing for
Energy Fund is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(NFWF) and is a partnership with Covanta, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.,
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris
Program.

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Every day, commercial fishermen around the country deploy hundreds of traps
and miles of nets into ocean and coastal waters to land their catches. Due
primarily to circumstances beyond their control, like powerful weather events
and disturbances from other vessels, some gear is lost to the sea. When this
happens, fishermen lose not only their gear, but the associated profits as
well. Moreover, the lost gear continues to capture fish, which degrades the
marine habitat and its resources. This phenomenon is called 'ghost fishing'
and is an economic and environmental hardship to fishing industries and
coastal communities.

"The world's oceans and waterways are in danger from derelict fishing gear and
marine debris. Covanta and our partners have worked with ports across the
country to collect dangerous gear and debris – over two million pounds since
2008. We are now proud to expand our focus and resources on education programs
to raise awareness about this growing environmental problem," said Margretta
Morris, Covanta's vice presidentfor materials management.

The grants from the Fishing for Energy Fund, in partnership with the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums Targeted Education, will engage millions of
visitors annually at three of America's flagship aquariums to better convey
the environmental and economic perils of derelict fishing gear and what local
communities and businesses can do to help.

"Aquariums play an important role, both providing information and inspiring
the public, potentially transforming visitors' heightened interest into
conservation action," notes Nancy Hotchkiss, Vice President of Visitor
Experience and Education for the National Aquarium. "We know that aquariums
are uniquely positioned to reach a broad audience with critical information
and in ways that will make a difference. Specifically, we can address
challenges like marine debris and derelict and abandoned fishing gear, which
have immediate and easily recognized detrimental impact on the animals,
habitats, and resources our visitors are inspired to care for."

With the $150,000 provided by Covanta, three projects were awarded funding
under the Fishing for Energy Fund:

  oThe National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland will increase public
    awareness of the threats associated with marine debris and derelict
    fishing gear through the development of a new educational outreach
    curriculum module. A marine debris-focused "lab" will introduce the topic
    to classrooms in the Mid-Atlantic region beginning in spring of 2014.
    Additional focus on the topic will be incorporated into the design of an
    upcoming exhibit featuring the mid- Atlantic seashore ecosystem, scheduled
    to open at the National Aquarium in early 2015.
  oThe Sea Research Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Mystic Aquarium will
    expand the Toolkits for Sustainable Oceans, a hands-on traveling outreach
    program that was initially established by a previous Fishing for Energy
    grant. The goals of the toolkit program are to increase awareness,
    motivate people to actively participate in efforts to protect and restore
    ocean habitat health and provide tangible actions that the public can take
    to mitigate their impact on ocean health. Updates to the toolkits will
    highlight private and public partnerships and community-based solutions to
    marine debris issues and will expand the reach of the program by
    partnering with the Coast Guard, The American Association of Port
    Authorities, and the North American Maritime Ministry Association.
  oThe Aquarium of the Bay will launch a new interpretive nature center on
    PIER 39 near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, where visitors flock each
    year to see resident California sea lions. Aquarium of the Bay will
    collaborate with The Marine Mammal Center, which works to rescue and
    rehabilitate sea lions and other marine life from derelict fishing gear,
    and with 5 Gyres Institute – which gives plastic pollution in the ocean a
    global scope. The center will offer new, robust interpretive programming
    and hands-on activities that will show visitors how they can make a
    meaningful reduction in derelict fishing gear in San Francisco Bay, near
    shore coastal areas, and other locations around the world. The Aquarium's
    naturalist staff will be trained to help educate visitors about the
    impacts of derelict gear on marine life and simple ways of preventing
    these materials from entering our waterways.

Along with the grant program, the Fishing for Energy partnership places bins
at commercial fishing ports across the country where fishermen can dispose of
old, unused or abandoned gear free of charge. Through the placement of these
bins and grant activities, more than 2.2 million pounds of gear have been
collected by the program since 2008. Gear collected is stripped of metals for
recycling with the help of Schnitzer Steel and processed into clean, renewable
energy at Covanta's Energy-from-Waste facilities.

Fishing for Energy partners also work closely with state and local agencies,
community and fishermen groups, and local ports to assist in the prevention,
removal and disposal of derelict fishing gear and facilitates conversations
and research at the state and regional levels to address derelict fishing gear
issues at scale.

About Fishing for Energy
Fishing for Energy is a partnership between Covanta 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 was established in 2008 to address the issue of marine
debris and derelict fishing gear. The partnership works to address this
problem by providing commercial fishermen with no-cost opportunities to
dispose of derelict and retired fishing gear, and by offering grant support
for direct assessment, prevention and removal efforts. By assisting in
prevention and removal of derelict fishing gear, Fishing for Energy restores
the quality of marine and coastal habitats and supports the communities and
industries that rely on these resources. For more information, please visit
www.nfwf.org/fishingforenergy.

About Covanta
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions.
The Company's 45 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities and
businesses around the world with environmentally sound solid waste disposal by
using 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 clean, renewable electricity to power one million
homes and recycle over 440,000 tons of metal. Energy-from-Waste facilities
reduce greenhouse gases, complement recycling and are a critical component to
sustainable solid waste management. For more information, visit
www.covanta.com.

About National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our
nation's wildlife and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs
public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and
matches those investments with private contributions. NFWF works with
government, nonprofit and corporate partners to find solutions for the most
intractable conservation challenges. NFWF has funded more than 4,000
organizations and committed more than $2.1 billion to conservation projects.
Learn more at www.nfwf.org.

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SOURCE Covanta

Website: http://www.covanta.com
Contact: James Regan with Covanta, 862-345-5216, jregan@CovantaEnergy.com;
Cheryl Irwin with NFWF, 202-595-2412, Cheryl.Irwin@nfwf.org
 
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