During this year, every Marine guide course we do our bit by cleaning up the beautiful sunshine coastline, that we are so privlidged to use as our classroom. Please everyone we urge you to clean up everytime you go to the beach!! Today is Coastal clean-up Day, here is some more information about how you can get involved.
International Coastal Clean-up Day (ICC) is the world’s biggest annual volunteer effort for ocean health! Thousands of people flock to beaches to pick up and remove litter found in the marine environment.
Minister Molewa had this to say about the initiative: “Marine litter is recognized as one of the biggest challenges to our oceans, not just in South Africa but around the world, by volunteering to take part in the various clean-up events scheduled to take place today, each one of us can do our part to minimize its detrimental effects on our coastlines and estuaries.” Marine debris is very harmful for ocean creatures. For instance, turtles often mistake plastic bags for jelly fish, their favourite food.
Sea birds like Albatrosses mistake plastic resin pellets for fish eggs and feed them to their chicks, which then die of starvation or ruptured organs.
Seals and other marine mammals are especially at risk; they get entangled in abandoned plastic fishing nets.
Seals and other mammals often drown in these forgotten nets—a phenomenon known as “ghost fishing.” Plastic in the ocean is a PEOPLE problem, which means we can help solve it too!
The goal is to cut down half the amount of plastic entering the sea by half, within the next ten years.
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