Marine environmental group changes its name


The Newport, R.I.-based Clean The Bay, a non-profit agency that specializes in removing marine debris from the local shores and waterways of Narragansett Bay and Southern New England, announced it will now operate under the name “Clean Bays.”

"Our mission isn't just to clean up Narragansett Bay. It’s about our entire interconnected ecosystem," Clean Bays executive director Capt. Kent Dresser says.

"Let’s use Narragansett Bay as a role model for developing and implementing effective and sustainable practices in removing debris. Let’s be an example the rest of the world wants to emulate."

Last summer, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Clean Bays completed “Clean-Sweep V,” a campaign that led to the removal of more than 30 tons of large marine debris in the Stonington Harbor and Mystic River areas of Connecticut, as well as Little Narragansett Bay and the Pawcatuck River.

This was the organization's fifth Clean-Sweep operation; the preceding four took place in Narragansett Bay and led to the removal of more than 3,000 tons of debris.