TEXAS CLEAN-UPS TO BE HELD SEPT. 26th
Posted: Sept. 23, 2015
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Individuals across the globe celebrated the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 by hitting the beaches to collect trash. With more than 13,000 miles covered and 16 million pounds of trash collected, volunteers came across some odd finds, and statistics revealed the shocking truth about marine debris, or beach litter.
The truth is, huge amounts of consumer plastics, metals, rubber, paper, textiles, derelict fishing gear, vessels, and other lost or discarded items enter the marine environment every day, making marine debris one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world’s oceans and waterways. During this year’s clean-up, over 8 million trash items that could potentially harm marine life were collected. Some of the more peculiar items collected include bowling balls, a plastic dinosaur, rubber ducks, and more than 20 barbecues. In addition, 57 marine mammals, 440 fish, 17 corals and sponges, 46 sea turtles, and 22 sharks, skates, and rays were found entangled in various plastic debris. Marine debris is a threat to our environment, navigation safety, the economy, and human health.
In partnership with NOAA and Shell, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation has educated students on the harmful effects of marine debris. Students and their teachers visit Matagorda Island to learn about the debris that lands on the beach and the science behind it. They collect debris and generate data that they then work with back in their classrooms.
It’s not too late for Texas residents to help reduce the amount of marine debris as well. Beaches across the Lone Star State will hold their Fall 2015 Beach Clean-Up on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Beaumont, Houston, Victoria, Corpus Christi and Rio Grande Valley areas.
To volunteer for the Texas Fall 2015 Beach Clean-Up, click here.