Clean Ocean Access (COA) had another successful coastal cleanup working towards improving ocean health by removing marine debris from the surrounding coastal shoreline of Easton’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island on February 8th 2014.
73 people removed over 145 pounds of marine debris from the shoreline including plastic flowers, hair elastics, headphones, sunglasses, bags of dog waste, plastic bottles, swimming goggles, fishing gear, a lobster pot, band aids, caps, lids, stirrers, pull tabs, food wrappers, plastic forks and knives and spoons, toys, Styrofoam, toothbrushes, pens, a can of whip cream, a ballet shoe and 80 plastic bags. Unfortunately, if you name it; it is out there in the ocean and washing up on the shoreline.
This marked the 92nd coastal cleanup performed by Clean Ocean Access since September 2006 and just over 77,000 pounds of trash have been removed from the coastline. The next scheduled event is on March 8th 2014 at Sachuest Beach, Middletown, Rhode Island from 12PM to 2PM.
Clean Ocean Access believes that in order to improve ocean health we need to work together on removing marine debris from the coastal shoreline (fixing the problems of the past). This activity is an excellent way for people to spend time outside together, connecting with nature (enjoying today) and understanding the impact that we are having on the environment. We can learn from it and make better decisions (working towards tomorrow) in an easier manner when people connect with nature.
Thank you to Home Depot for providing cleanup supplies and Empire Tea & Coffee for preparing hot beverages for the volunteers. So many people helped out for the planning and actual cleanup, an impressive volunteer effort despite freezing temperature & snow covered shoreline. Thank you!