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COASTAL CLEANUPS AND SWEEPS
Do you know?
What was the most common piece of marine debris collected from beaches and coastal areas in 2017? (answer below)
When the tide rises, it carries things on the beach back into the ocean. Unfortunately, this includes coastal trash, most of which will go on to stay in the ocean for decades, even centuries. That's why we give our coast a cleanup every once in a while. About 10 times during the year, Seaside Sustainability—along with its many other partners—collaborate to clean up our coast. Thanks to these efforts, a lot of trash ends up where it belongs instead of in the ocean. Also, we understand the importance of removing debris already in the ocean, so we added boats to the team.
Over the years, this has proven to be a success. We have collected items such as lobster traps and fishing gear, which can be harmful to the marine ecosystem if left unattended in the water. When the team leaves, our Seabins are still there to collect floating debris.
Sign up for our regularly scheduled beach Clean-Ups. We provide you with collection bags, gloves and a card for recording the types of trash you pick up. We collect the trash data and report it to the Ocean Conservancy database.
Want to schedule your own group for a beach Clean-Up? This is a great community service activity for Scouts or other organizations. Contact Seaside Sustainability via our contact form below and we will help you make it happen.
Cigarette butts continue to rank among the most common types of marine debris found. The Ocean Conservancy’s 2018 International Coastal Cleanup Report stated that 2,412,151 cigarette butts were collected worldwide in 2017. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/