by Douglas Hattendorf…….
I’m no biologist or expert (as one man told us at a mosquito meeting — we have no right to speak on such things if we aren’t a biologist or an expert.) However, sometimes it’s just a matter of common sense.
Our shorelines are loaded with plastic buckets, totes, bottles, cups, etc that hold water before they return to the ocean to cause further damage. So, what happens when those items are pushed to the high tide line and then it rains? Well, a good percentage of those containers will breed mosquitos. This is easily verifiable. Indeed, I recall when I was young, collecting horseshoe crabs, they (Mosquito Control) would be on the shores checking for exactly this.
Shores do become littered and many of those upturned containers will become breeding grounds for aedes aegypti as well as aedes albopictus (both carry zika and dengue). [These plastics are also destroying marine life so this needs to be addressed as a double wammy that’s participating in a health issue now for humans as well as ocean life.]
Elected officials need to help with this issue. It’s their duty. They cannot keep looking the other way.
We (at mamaOcean~) have cleaned over 7,000 lbs of mainly plastic this past 6 weeks and maybe 20,000 pounds total in almost 4 miles of shoreline since October. It’s pretty clean (we shall see after the holiday weekend, (aarrrr)) We need to keep cleaning everywhere possible, again, its killing the ocean daily.
So in a county that brings in nearly $5,000,000,000.00 a year from tourism and fishing does it not make sense to not only clean what brings in the money but to also assist in anyway possible to keep mosquitos from becoming a serious health issue?
I have written to various officials to no avail. It’s easier to ignore, I guess. We (at mamaOcean~) are willing to clean as much as possible, but the County needs to assist. Officials are earning $10-15K a month and for what? Maybe we could spend 150k a year to have a crew keep our shorelines clean? Protect ourselves, our health? Protect the ocean, marine life? Protect the future?
Come! Please step up and assist. Help your very own community, the one that pays you, the one you live in.