Lend a hand with beach clean-up

2017-11-16 06:00

A beach clean-up, hosted by the Wildlife And Environment Society of South Africa’s Algoa Bay branch, will be held at Schoenmakers-kop on Saturday, 25 November 2017 from 09:30 to 10:30.

This will be the ninth and final clean-up for the year. Since March 2017, WESSA have collected almost a ton of litter and waste off local beaches and prevented it going into the ocean.

“Well done and thank you for this impressive achievement!” said Tim and Isobel Douglas-Jones, who are Friends of WESSA.

Scientists estimate that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.

Each time a person drops a plastic item in the street, that item will end up in a stormwater drain. These plastic items most probably flow into a river and eventually they will end up in the ocean or on a beach.

“Fish confuse plastic with an edible substance because microplastics in the oceans pick up a covering of the biological material, such as algae which mimics the smell of food,” says Matthew Savoca, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Plastic debris has become the most serious problem affecting marine life.

Not only because floating plastic particles accumulate toxic pollutants, but also because these particles are indigestible and accumulate in the stomachs of birds and fish. These creatures eventually will starve to death!

So, on November 25th, all interested in making a difference by taking care of our marine life will meet at the cannon, right at the end of Marine Drive at the start of the Sacramento Trail in Schoenmakerskop.

Gloves and litter bags will be provided to all who join this Walk With a Purpose.

  • For more information contact Tim Douglas-Jones at 082 775 8816.

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