Monday, July 15, 2024

Ocean Lovers’ Chance to Help Sea Shepherd Australia in Beach Clean Up

Beach Clean Up to Reduce Plastic

Sea Shepherd Australia’s Marine Debris Campaign was launched in 2016.  Since then, over 600 beach  clean ups have been conducted engaging over 25,000 thousand volunteers around the country.

It’s been around 6 months since Sea Shepherd’s Marine Debris Campaign team held a full-scale public beach clean but they’re back and everyone’s invited to share a little ocean love this Saturday 26th September at Glenelg Beach from 10am – noon next to the Glenelg SLSC.

ocean waste

 The event will be part of SA’s inaugural Festival of Nature and will also feature what’s sure to be an incredible story to be regaled by local volunteer Josh who’s returned home after a period on Sea Shepherd’s MV White Holly.  We’ll hear how his love of our marine environment led to him taking part in Operation Milagro to help save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in the seas around Mexico.

All those participating may also pat themselves on the back for helping gather data for the 2020 Global Brand Audit.   All debris collected will be sorted, counted and recorded for submission to this important survey. With Glenelg having so many food and retail outlets in and around it, it will be interesting to see which brand packaging we find to be the most common.

DATE                   Saturday 26 September

SITE                     Glenelg Beach – next to SLSC

TIME                   9.45 am Contact-less registration starts for 10am start
BRING                 gloves (compulsory to BYO and wear gloves due to COVID)

Reusable water bottle (no single-use plastic, please)

WEAR                  Closed in shoes

Please note several changes have been implemented to the Sea Shepherd beach cleans to make them COVID Safe for all participants; however, due to the changing nature of Government restrictions, the above event details and schedule may change.

Plastic to be collected in the beach clean up

Cleaning our beaches is a vital tool to remove trash form the marine environment.  For every big item you remove from the beach — every bottle, every bucket — you prevent that one large item from fragmenting up into potentially thousands of micro plastics bits that would otherwise pollute the ocean.

It is estimated that every year one million seabirds and 100,000 turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins, whales and seals die due to plastic pollution in the oceans and that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans today!

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.  Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

To find a clean-up that’s happening at a beach near you, check the Sea Shepherd website.

You can also purchase Sea Shepherd Clothing. Then check out an Aussie fashion design label with strong ocean-loving credentials!

Sea Shepherd Australia

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