Developer brings trash-collecting vessel to Stockton with a message

By The Record
April 25, 2010 12:00 AM

STOCKTON – Downtown developer Dan Cort returned to Stockton this weekend aboard a 65-foot research vessel that doubles as a trash collector.

Cort and his colleagues with the nonprofit Sealife Conservation netted garbage out of the water as they sailed from San Francisco to Stockton, and finished with two overflowing buckets full of polystyrene foam, bottles and wrappers.

The group’s goal is to get the word out about marine debris and steer the public away from polystyrene (Styrofoam) in particular, which breaks down into tiny plastic pellets and is ingested by wildlife in the Delta and out in the ocean.

To learn about marine debris and the nonprofit Sealife Conservation, visit