Working every day for a cleaner, greener world

July 2, 2021 | Archive

The Port of Anacortes is a dedicated environmental steward, working every day to protect our air, water, and land, here in Anacortes and across the globe. We’re invested in several proactive initiatives, big and small, to make sure we’re doing our part for the environment.

During our A-Dock project we installed a device called a Seabin, which works constantly to remove plastics and other debris from Cap Sante Marina and Fidalgo Bay. About two-thirds the size of R2D2, the Seabin was invented in Australia and is one of just a few operating in Washington state. It’s kind of like a pool skimmer for the ocean: It moves up and down with the tide, pumping water and capturing floating debris, microplastics, and organic material such as leaves and seaweed.

Port staff empty the Seabin often. Inside, they find pieces of plastic, food wrappers, Styrofoam, and more—debris that would otherwise be floating around the marina and ocean, presenting a risk to the marine habitat, animals, and humans.

Drop by the Seabin and see what it’s caught! And while you’re on the waterfront, check out the new A-Dock, shelter, and improved walkway.

The Seabin is just one unique way the Port of Anacortes actively protects our community and planet. Other ongoing work includes participation in the voluntary Green Marine and Clean Marina certification programs, and a robust cleanup, redevelopment, and habitat restoration program.

For more information on these and other programs, visit our Environmental Stewardship page.

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