Two events this weekend will help a nonprofit group buy trash skimmers for Gloucester Harbor and move toward its goal of raising $14,500 for the project.

The Cape Ann Maritime Partnership (CAMP) is working to raise money for the Clean Harbor Initiative: purchasing a Seabin and marina skimmer, and the accessories needed, for trash and pollutant removal in Gloucester Harbor.  The skimmers catch and retain floating debris, marine debris, oil and pollutants from calm marine environments.

CAMP is an alliance between Gloucester's Clean City Commission, U.S. Coast Guard members, Maritime Gloucester, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program members, Seaside Sustainability and One Ocean One Love, a local, conservation-minded retail shop.

Treetop Yoga has partnered with Short and Main and CAMP to help raise the $14,500 needed for the skimmers. CAMP will also educate the public on the water quality at local harbors and beaches.

"We have one goal in mind: eradicate marine pollution," Gloucester Clean City Commissioner Ainsley Smith said. "Through the installation of marine skimmers and Seabins throughout the Cape Ann area, we are taking lead in the fight against marine debris."

The Commotion for the Ocean yoga class will be Saturday, July 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Treetop Yoga, 3A Pond Road in Gloucester. A minimum $10 donation is requested for participation. Proceeds will be donated directly to CAMP for the Clean Harbor Initiative. 

The all-levels class, accompanied by live music, will be taught and assisted by Treetop instructors Hilary Richard, Erin Carney, Kayla Lemieux, Jemma Tory, and Amy Varney. All ages are welcome and a raffle with prizes will be held after class.

The Commotion for the Ocean after-party will be held upstairs at Short & Main, 36 Main St. in Gloucester, beginning at 9 p.m. A $10 donation gains admission. 

For those who can't make it to the events but would like to support the cause, One Ocean One Love is selling T-shirts with the CAMP logo for $28 each and donating the profits to the project.

Smith and volunteer Zach Thomas, a boatswain's mate third class in the U.S. Coast Guard, have longterm plans for the skimmers via social media and advertising opportunities.  

"The marine skimmer will have Twitter and a Facebook page. We will reach out through social media. It's going to be fun, it's going to be really cool," Thomas said. 

If companies want to advertise on the skimmer and help a good cause, this could be a unique opportunity.

"The skimmers have a lot of real estate available," he said. "Companies who want to advertise with us will have an amazing, unique, inspiring advertising opportunity to get their name on there." The brand would be right on the lid with the company name on plaque in front of the skimmer, which will offer information about marine debris and who helped raise the money for that skimmer. 

"We're very excited to keep building collaborations with business and organizations in the community," Smith said. "Marine debris affects all of us. Whether it's your job or how you spend leisure time, it's something everybody should care about and all work together to make an impact on."

Mary Markos may be contacted at 978-675-2708 or mmarkos@gloucestertimes.com

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