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Local Volunteers Needed to Turn the Tide on Litter


Release Date: Wednesday 17 September 2014

Can you help with our beach clean?
Staff at SeaQuarium Rhyl is seeking local volunteers to help them clean rubbish from Rhyl’s central beach as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch project on Sunday 21st September.
 
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the only national UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.

MCS provides information and guidance on many aspects of marine conservation and produces the annual Good Beach Guide (www.goodbeachguide.co.uk), the Good Fish Guide (www.goodfishguide.co.uk) and www.fishonline.org on sustainable seafood, as well as promoting public participation in volunteer projects such as MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend and Basking Shark Watch. For further information go to www.mcsuk.org
 
This year Big British beach clean is being led by Marine Conservation volunteer Sue Hutton from SeaQuarium, says these beach cleans are vital: “Beach litter isn’t just unsightly, it can also be very dangerous to both humans and wildlife. The data that is gathered on Sunday 21st September will help MCS work towards ensuring local communities right up to UK governments work together to try and stop littering at source. Last year on Rhyl beach the main type of litter we found was public litter including crisp and sweet packets, fast food packaging and cigarette stubs, left behind by careless coastal visitors, or dropped inland and carried by rivers and winds to the coast. Individuals must take responsibility for their own actions, and remember never to leave litter on the beach or drop litter anywhere. Rhyl’s beaches are listed in MCS’s Good Beach Guide –“ let’s keep them there Sue added.”
 
Last year the volunteers collected and recorded the rubbish along a 100 metre stretch of beach. The data helped MCS identify the main sources of litter along the North Wales coastline and keep the issue of the dangers of marine litter high on the local agenda. The beach litter survey recorded over 400 items, with the top items found on the day identified as cigarette stubs and plastic objects such as wrappers, bottle caps and drinks straws.
 
SeaQuarium hold regular beach cleans like this, to continue collecting data for MCS and to hopefully see a reduction of litter on Rhyl’s beach. If you would like to be involved in the beach clean please come along to SeaQuarium on Sunday 21st September 2014 at 10.30am or contact SeaQuarium for more details.
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