Old fishing gear off Oregon coast helping power homes, program celebrates milestone

TILLAMOOK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A program on the Oregon Coast designed to keep old fishing gear out of the oceans is celebrating a milestone.

Fishing for Energy, a national program, has been in Garibaldi for 10 years. Fisherman can put old fishing gear into a bin at the port; it is then trucked to Covanta Marion, the waste-to-energy plant in Marion County.

“It’s a pretty exciting program,” Katie Goldsmith with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said.

The partners in the program are the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA Marine Debris Program, Schnitzer Steel Industries and Covanta.

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