posted on September 17, 2016 10:00
|Activity date :|| Saturday, 17 September 2016|
|Location : ||3199|
|Full BP/LOS bgs picked up Inc bottles & cans : ||25 Bags|
|Full BP/LOS bgs of drink containers picked up : ||N/A|
|Estimated kgs picked up : ||27 Kg|
|Time spent for this event : ||35 Hours|
|Number of collected bottles : ||18|
|Container Volume % of total rubbish : ||N/A|
|Number of collected syringes : ||1|
|Cleaned length : ||1060 m|
|Cleaned width : ||30 m|
|Cleaned area : ||31800 m2|
|Most common items collected : ||Plastic nurdles (preproduction pallets)|
|Plastic fragments < 5cm|
|Were there any nurdles? : ||1000+|
35 amazing people met at Wells Street Beach, just near Frankston Surf Life Saving Club, for our September 2016 Clean Up and the 30th Anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup. (http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/2016-ocean-trash-index.html)
I guess by now people may be getting sick of reading "How good was the wether", but the reality is, how good was the weather! Sure, the wind may have been up, but the sunshine certainly made up for it allowing us to remove 26.8 kilograms - 6.25 of which was recyclables and all of which could have been avoided.
It was also great to have Local and State Government representatives as well as a few candidates attend as well.
Despite the great achievements today, there was a level of sadness when we discovered a deceased baby shark on the beach, the cause of which is unknown. We believe it may have been a Gummy Shark, but cannot confirm this. Its never good to see any wildlife deceased at such a young age, be it marine wildlife or other, and that is why we exist - to help spread the word about conservation and protection.
Also of major concern today was the number of Plastic Straws which to estimate and based of asking fellow beach patroller, to say 1,000+ could quite well be an understatement. An increase in Microplastics were also of concern, but without doubt, the number of Nurdles was mind-boggling. You didn't have to look far with many also found in the car park area. Yes, they are leaving the beaches and coming inland due to the wind we assume. We will be taking a lot more interest in the Nurdles going in to the future, gathering more specific data. We will be keeping our registered members informed of this, so if you haven't yet signed up to join us, go to www.beachpatrol.com/member-sign-up and complete your details.
Our next Beach Clean will be Saturday, October 15 meeting at Long Island Beach at 10am (subject to weather) - follow the path from Long Island Tennis Club.
Register to be kept advised of any changes such as time, location, cancellation, etc.
Register at www.beachpatrol.com.au/member-sign-up
You can find the details of our efforts today below.