Fishing for Energy Program

The Rockport Department of Public Works is committed to protecting our environment.

Fishing for Energy is a partnership between Covanta Energy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The Rockport DPWs' participation in Fishing For Energy is just one way that we are helping to keep fishing gear debris out of our oceans.

It aims to help commercial fishermen deal with the costly disposal of retired, derelict (gear that is lost in the marine environment), or unusable fishing gear that might otherwise end up remaining indefinitely in U.S. coastal waters.

The project gives fishermen a free place to dispose of abandoned gear they find in the water, and Covanta Energy runs waste-to-energy facilities that convert the derelict gear that isn't recyclable into electricity to power homes.

A bin to dispose of fishing gear is located at the Transfer Station for Rockport Residents only.