Old lobster traps could save Crescent Beach dunes in Lockeport

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By Amy Woolvett

Two local men have devised an ingenious way to strengthen the fragile dunes on Lockeport’s Crescent Beach by using discarded lobster pots.

Peter Swim and Bill Atwood tried out an experimental method of strengthening the dunes last year by laying about 40 feet of lobster traps along the dunes' edge at the popular beach.

Swim had some experience preserving the coastline of Sable Island, building dune fencing and wanted to see how discarded lobster traps would fare in a similar role.

“We put out 20 pots to test it,” said Swim.  “It seems to be going well.”

He said the roots of the grass are digging in to the lobster traps, securing them into place while reinforcing the structure of the dunes.

He said he hopes the town will adopt the project on a larger scale.

“The material is free,” he said.  “Maybe other coastal regions will do the same.”

The town is showing interest in the project.

“They have done a phenomenal job,” said Lockeport Mayor Darian Huskilson.

The traps were mainly taken out of the West Green Harbour Regional Material Recovery Facility where they were repurposed for the project.

“It’s a cool initiative to help provide integrity to the beach,” said Huskilson.  The Mayor said he would push for this to become a pilot project.

 

Geographic location: Lockeport, Crescent Beach, Sable Island

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