Macias Collects 1 Metric Ton of Plastics on SUP


Captain Carlos Macias in action with his environet.


FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida – Captain Carlos Macias, a local waterman to South Florida, currently has a 9 inch beard but will be sitting in a hair stylist chair for the first time in over a year after protesting not to cut his hair or shave until he collected 1 metric ton of plastics from South Florida waterways.  The event will take place on Sunday, December 16, 2012, starting at noon, at Southport Raw Bar/ Brownies Southport Divers Dock.


Macias, a Boat Captain and Surfrider Foundation member, became enraged by the amount of trash he encounters daily in the South Florida waterways and was inspired to make a difference. Macias's mission was to collect 2200lbs of plastic from his standup paddle board and educate anyone he encountered about plastic pollution. He even developed a net that attaches to a paddle called Environet and whenever possible launched his paddle board and collected plastic from waterways.


His tireless effort to educate people about pollution has taken him to Nicaragua and Portugal but his primary focus always stays with the waterways of Ft. Lauderdale. Macias along with many volunteers even launched a flotilla of standup paddle boards from Brownies Southport Divers and Southport Raw Bar in Ft. Lauderdale and collected plastic and trash using the Environets along the 15 Street waterway.


An event to honor his accomplishment is planned for Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 12:00pm to an undetermined end time.  It will be hosted by South Port Raw Bar located at 1536 Cordova Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-2526 and by Brownie's Southport Divers 1530 Cordova Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954)524-2112. The event will include food, music and the official cutting of Captain Carlos Macias' hair and beard. 


For More Information about Environet contact Carlos Macias by email at cmmacias1@aol.com or via his facebook page here: Environet Paddle Group


To continue this clean waterways initiative please donate through https://www.facebook.com/MarineConservationChapter/app_250457581338  Also for more information on the Surfrider Foundation Broward County Chapter contact Tom Ralph: phone: 954-292-4898, email: broward@surfrider.org


Last modified onMonday, 10 December 2012 20:54
Erin Blunt Robbins

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.