As good stewards for boaters everywhere, we firmly believe in treating our waterways with respect and care, recognizing them as the beautiful blessings they are. Unfortunately, over the years, litter, fishing nets, abandoned vessels and other refuse has tarnished waterways all over the world.
We’ve all seen the documentaries and news segments, but as boaters, we believe it’s our duty to do more. That’s why Sea Tow captains all throughout our vast network have taken it upon themselves to lead the efforts to clean up our waters.
Recently, Capt. Craig Marcum and the crew of Sea Tow Venice teamed up with Ken Lackmann and the SunCoast Reef Rovers (SCRR) to clean their local waters. To date, the Venice team has participated in six underwater cleanup events with SCRR, including four this year alone. Capt. Craig’s crew also have two additional events scheduled in the coming weeks, where they will work to clean up Venice’s South Jetty and Crow’s Nest Marina.
During these underwater cleanup events, they’ve removed unfathomable amounts of fishing nets, litter, wads of rope, tangled fishing lines, crab traps, cast nets and even derelict boats from local waterways. A couple months ago, they partnered with the City of Venice and Sarasota County Marine Patrols to salvage a 25’ sailboat. No matter what they’re pulling, at the end of the day, it’s about doing what’s best for the environment.
“We all benefit from clean and healthy waterways,” Capt. Craig said, “but as ambassadors for these waters, it’s our duty to help take care of them and preserve them for generations to come. After all, when the marine ecosystem is thriving and the waters are clean for people to enjoy, everyone wins.”
Do you or someone you know help out with local water cleanup events? Share your stories in the comments below?