Underwater marina cleanup yields trash and old technology

On Saturday morning, Annie Crawley and her underwater diving team were back, diving under the boat docks at Edmonds Marina to clean up and bring to the surface the abundance of underwater debris that has built up over the years. The project covered the section north of Anthony’s Homeport under Float M to Q and is tracking theirs Efforts in April under the docks south of it.

If you’ve ever dropped something in the water, from a cell phone to a screwdriver to a chair, you know how insane it is – you just say goodbye. Much of this has been around for decades, and the divers brought items with them that many of the younger folks just didn’t recognize. It’s like a time capsule.

“What is a Walkman?” asked a 20 year old volunteer. “Is it some kind of pedometer or something?”

Despite some of these “treasures”, most of the rubbish collected was made up of hoses and bottles, leading one young diver to remark that boaters have to “splash and drink an awful lot”.

These biannual cleanings of the marina are teamwork by members of Our ocean and you, a Crawley-led group formed to help people understand how our lives are connected to the ocean. Membership is open to everyone. Just visit the Login page to learn more.

“You don’t have to be a diver to be part of the group,” explained Crawley. “All you have to do is agree to be a voice for the ocean.”

– Story and photos by Larry Vogel