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Mile 154 Report
March 6, 2011
Pleasant weather, a little cool with gentle north wind.
Pleasant weather, a little cool with gentle north wind. Beach unusually clean of man-made debris. Many root wads and dead trees, particularly on the north part from bank erosion and resulting washing away of vegetation along Tahkenitch Creek just to the north of my mile. No signs of vehicle violations in the northern closed part of my mile. Two ATV riders turned around at the closure sign and I recruited them to haul out the trash I had picked up. Two guys with metal detector parked at the closure sign and walked north. Saw little wildlife except for seagulls. Beach seemed to have built up during winter storms, and sand was piled up against the foredune, particularly to the north. Went at high tide, a 6.8 ft., and saw waves were running up the foredune on about a third of my mile. I walked along the foredune in that area and saw piles of sand and some driftwood that had been thrown on top of the foredune.One thing of interest. I found a crab pot buoy with an ODF&W tag attached. Picture included. The "Galway Bay" refers to the name of the crab boat. The 96340 is the vessel's permit number. The 241 refers to the particular crab pot to which the buoy was attached. The 2010-11 indicates the season for which the pot and boat are licensed. Was able to use the info for an internet search and found out the Galway Bay is a 76-foot crabber out of Charleston that runs 300 pots. Was even able to find the skipper's name and phone number, call him, and tell him where he could find his buoy.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.8 feet.
Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 1. Other Activities: 2 on atvs, 2 with metal detector. saw one SUV parked just south of vehicle closure sign. Occupants walked north with metal detector. Saw two ATV riders who turned around at vehicle closure sign. They carried out for me the trash I had picked up.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 4. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 3.
Only wildlife I saw was several seagulls, and one black duck in the waves.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Wood pieces.
Erosion of vegetated foredune, Evidence of wave overtopping. Sand buildup against foredune, particularly on the north end.
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