Photogenic Mess: A Digital Exploration of Grenada Marine Debris

Latest update January 11, 2019 Started on November 2, 2018

Since March 2018 a small group of dedicated volunteers have been cleaning the beaches and nearshore reefs around the Caribbean island of Grenada. As of 2nd November 2018 we have removed over 17,000 pieces of marine debris (almost 700 kg!). We are documenting the type of marine debris found in a hope to make changes through legislation when we know what the greatest issues are. Children of Grenada will be included in the clean ups to hopefully help protect the environment in the future.

November 2, 2018
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In The Field


Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We got our trident towards the end of December and got her in the water on New Year's Eve. What we learned was that I was not made to play video games enough as a child! I was really bad. Thankfully my best friend and right hand woman, Sara, did play enough, so I think I will be the passenger for a while!

We decided to name our trident Skye. Skye is a Scottish name (and an island in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland), and despite living in the Caribbean for the past four and half years, I am proud to be Scottish and I value my roots. Skye means adventurous, protection and scholar, all of which describes what we are doing with her.The other name we were thinking of using was Murdoch (meaning sea battler), but all I could think of was Rupert Murdoch, so we vetoed that name!

We didn't quite reach our 25,000 pieces of marine debris by the end of the year (work commitments took over over Christmas), but we hit it in the second week of January! :-)

Stay tuned as we see what Skye can do. Happy fishes.