Plastic Recruitment into Oregon's Coastal Waters from Zip Ties Used While Crabbing
Dear Director: We urge the ODFW to regulate against the use of plastic zip ties to fasten bait and or bait containers to crab pots or crab ring in Oregon's Coastal Waters because they are a major source for the recruitment of plastic into Oregon's Coastal Waters.
Crabbers who use zip ties cut them to remover them from crabbing gear before discarding them into our ocean and bays in addition onto our crabbing docks. The amount of pieces zip ties discharged into Oregon's Coastal Waters is enormous. We believe crabbers should use stainless steel bait pins to fasten bait or bait containers to crab ports or crab rings. See the attached photo of plastic zip ties discarded onto crabbing docks.
Thank you, for your consideration. William Lackner P.O. Box 746 Newport, OR 97365
Recruitment into Oregon's Coastal Waters (GS 6335)
Caren Braby <Caren.E.Braby@state.or.us>
Fri 4/3/2020 1:17 PM
William Lackner (WilliamLackner001@msn.com); Curt Melcher (firstname.lastname@example.org); REP Gomberg
Dear Mr. Lackner:
On behalf of Director Melcher, thank you for your email of 2/21/2020, voicing your concerns with zip tie plastic waste from crabbing activities. Plastic pollution from any source is a concern we share and crabbing activities have several potential sources of plastic waste including zip ties, Styrofoam, and plastic bags or jugs. Staff support and collaborate with researches evaluating the prevalence and effects of plastics on Oregon’s shellfish.
While we do not regulate the use of zip ties specifically, we have the ability to communicate best practices to crabbers that promote other options than zip ties for crabbing. Some of the best practices we communicate to recreational crabbers are using bait bags or cages with clips, metal pins, or wire, using degradable cotton to secure components of crabbing pots, and not discarding any plastic waste near or into state waters. The unlawful discard of litter near or in state waters is regulated by ORS 164.775 and enforced by law enforcement officials. We also took plastic waste into account with the new sport buoy marking rule, effective January 1, 2020, by not allowing a zip-tied plastic tag as a replacement for marking buoys directly.
Most of our communication of these best practices is through in-person discussion with our creel samplers who interview crabbers, and at outreach events. We secured funding to support a limited duration communication position that will focus on shellfish outreach and communications. Products and practices developed through this position will bolster our efforts to communicate best practices to harvesters.