On Saturday, September 19th, 2015 thousands of ocean advocates around the world participated in the 30th International Coastal Cleanup. Naturally, Sea to Shore Alliance’s Healthy Habitats & Oceans Program (H²O) was (and will continue to be) part of the extravaganza.
To begin our international efforts, the S2S H²O program hosted a cleanup in Dania Beach’s John U. Lloyd State Park in conjunction with students and staff at Nova Southeastern University’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.
In just three hours, with the helping hands of 683 people, we collected 901 pounds.
That’s the combined total from 25,461 items we removed from a waterfront state park! This park is frequently cleaned and even more frequently visited by nesting sea turtles.
Some of the worst finds included a few pregnancy tests, 23 syringes, 20 condoms, 13 tires, 1 dead bird, and
7 diapers 7 VERY full diapers.
The top items collected include:
5,574 PLASTIC pieces
4,155 PLASTIC bottle caps
3,033 cigarette butts
1,728 metal bottle caps
1,255 food wrappers
1,175 foam pieces
743 PLASTIC bottles
599 pieces of foam
350 PLASTIC bags
These two ladies went home with a painting donated to us by artist Ricardo Garcia with Wild Inx Productions. They collected the most debris by weight, a whopping 42 pounds worth!
Sea to Shore Alliance’s H²O Program will also be hosting a cleanup on September 26th in Belize with Oceana and the Scout Association of Belize.
There will be one more in October at our adopted Ocean Inlet Park in Boynton Beach, Florida to wrap up Sea to Shore Alliance’s involvement in the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup.