Plastic pellets found on shore of Lake Superior

Small plastic pellets have been found along the shore of Lake Superior Provincial Park since August. We sent the information to one of the biologists at the Lake Superior Fisheries Management Unit in Sault Ste. Marie. Word came back that the probable source of these pellets was from a railway derailment on the north shore of Lake Superor (near Rossport) at the start of the year.

We have noticed the pellets along beaches in the Wawa, Terrace Bay and Schreiber areas along Lake Superior.

Resource management staff around the lake will monitor bird, fish and animal sightings to see if there is any adverse effect being caused by these pellets. We monitor the shoreline of the lake, near Wawa, daily and we have not seen dead or dying fish, birds or any other animals since August.

Maybe the path of these pellets can be used to show how things on the water surface travel around Lake Superior – just like the monitor ocean currents by following the contents of shipping containers as the float around the world.

Plastic Pellets

Plastic Pellets

2 thoughts on “Plastic pellets found on shore of Lake Superior

  1. I think we found the same pellets on the Lake Superior beach at the mouth of the Two Hearted River in the eastern U.P. of Michigan. There was like a line of these pellets along the recent high water mark that went on for quite a ways along the beach. I can’t remember if this was in late August or another trip in early Oct. I was quite disturbed about this. I thought that maybe fish and birds may take these up and eventually make it’s way into the human food supply.


  2. I have found these on Isle Royale, in the Apostle Islands, on Michigans Keeweenaw Peninsula, and on beaches in Duluth Minnesota. They are everywhere, yet I can’t seem to find any record of the wreck anywhere, except from talking to residents of Rossport.


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