Trash Fishing: Detroit-based father and son team invent competitive environmental cleanup

Trash Fishing is a new sport invented by a Detroit-based father and son duo to help clean waterways.

Tom and Mark Nardone started trash-fishing on the Detroit River this summer as a way to clean it up.

The idea to start trash-fishing came about after young Mark Nardone saw a video on the trash that collects in Detroit’s waterways and became inspired to do something about it. His father Tom invested in a little boat, and the two began taking jaunts out on the river. Using a plastic grabber tool, the pair routinely fish out bottles and other forms of trash.

Now the Nardone duo are looking to turn Trash Fishing in to a competitive sport, and have launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo to increase the amount of trash pulled out of the river by increasing the number of people who come out and fish for trash.

Tom and Mark Nardone said: “Trash Fishing is competitive environmental cleanup.  It is like regular fishing, but instead of fishing for fish, we fish for trash.

“For 2019 we are committed to pulling more unwanted trash out of the water by increasing the amount of people who come out and fish for trash.  We think it is entirely possible for us to remove over 2,000 pounds of trash from the Detroit River in 2019.”

The Trash Fishing team have already successfully passed their target of $1,500. The funds will go towards hosting the 2019 Trash Fishing World Championships where participants will help to clean up the waterways.

Tom and Mark Nardone expect there to be between 5-8 Trash Fishing events in 2019.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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