Community Outreach

Eagle Scout Project Protects Wildlife

PTRC was excited to partner with Boy Scout Troup 424 on an Eagle Scout project to install six monofilament fishing line recycling containers along the shorelines of Chapel Point State Park and Port Tobacco River Park. These containers should reduce the alarming amount of fishing line being discarded along the public beach areas of the Port Tobacco River. This will protect the many birds, fish and reptiles that either live in or seasonally pass-through the Port Tobacco River and associated wetlands. NOAA estimates that one million birds and marine animals are annually killed as a result of plastic marine debris – due to either ingestion or entanglement. Recovered fishing line from our program will be forwarded to the Berkley Fishing Institute to be recycled into beneficial fishing habitat structures.

North Point Students Study Fish Populations

This fall PTRC supported students from North Point High School’s NOAA Ocean Guardian School Team in conducting a fish seining data survey from the Port Tobacco River at Chapel Point. The team sponsor is North Point biology teacher Ms. Lolita Kiorpes. Branson Williams, Ross Williams, and Tim Groves from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Division, provided expert instruction on data collection and recording, how to deploy the net, and fish identification. The students collected and identified ten species of juvenile fish that bred successfully in the River this season.