What goes up, must come down
13 / Scratch that now 14-year old Nino is a proud HOOK 360° pro staffer who enjoys to fish with his dad every week for tarpon, jacks, mahi, wahoo, snapper and so many more. Next to his love for fishing is his passion to protect the planet. This is a short compilation of some of the balloons he has removed from the ocean.
Over a period of five years (2010-2014), 4,916 pieces of balloon litter were found in Virginia by volunteers participating in the International Coastal Cleanup, with over 3,000 of those pieces found on ocean beaches. In 2014, 236 volunteers found over 900 balloons in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia in a three-hour period.
Balloon debris can be ingested by animals, many of which easily mistake it for real food, and can entangle wildlife, especially balloons with attached ribbons. Balloon debris can even have an economic impact on communities, contributing to dirty beaches which drive away tourists, or causing power outages from mylar balloons covered in metallic paint and their ribbons tangling in power lines.