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Environmental Impact of Marine Debris on Shore
First it was hundreds of cans of coffee on Melbourne Beach, now another Brevard County beach has been littered with debris, including large jugs of cooking oil, disinfectant and body spray.

It has not been concretely linked, but it is suspected the items washing up on Melbourne and Cocoa Beach beaches are coming from containers that fell off a barge in early December.

When large jugs of cooking oil, Lysol disinfectant, body spray and other items washed up Tuesday, officials in Cocoa Beach initially called the U.S. Coast Guard.

But when the items turned out not to be hazardous, the Coast Guard declined to investigate the incident.

State wildlife officials have not commented on any environmental impact the floating debris could pose to the area.


 
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Lake George Association Wins National Invasive Species Award - The Lake George Association recently learned that it was this year’s recipient of the National Invasive Species Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Invasive Species Outreach and Education. The award is one of a few presented each year during National Invasive Species Awareness Week by the National Invasive Species Council, the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and the Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds.


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