In Detroit, ‘trash fishing’ is a thing and it’s reeling in big catches

Fish are not the only bottom-dwellers in the Detroit River. Instead of hooking bass or crappie, a father and son duo are netting a different kind of catch: trash. Tom Nardone about a year ago founded Trash Fishing, a group that scours the shorelines and depths of the Detroit River for garbage in an effort to combine volunteering and fun.

“It’s kind of like regular fishing, except you’d catch three things in an hour,” Nardone said. “If you go trash fishing, you catch 300 things in an hour.” Everything from the mundane to the extravagant lurks beneath the surface, one swipe of a grabber tool away. One of the Nardones first finds was a stray water ski. A magnetic search device led to the discovery of a Lime electric scooter. They’ve pulled up hundreds of pounds of stray water bottles, soda bottles and Styrofoam containers.

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