Last weekend our H²O program coordinator, Katelyn Cucinotta, had the pleasure of cleaning the coast with 80 students from the Out-of-Door Academy. She also spent some time teaching them about marine debris and ensuring they left with knowledge of how to remain H²O allies. Simply by making more conservative choices on a day-to-day basis, and participating in #take4sea2shore from anywhere in the world you can help us help the sea!
In total they collected 99.8 pounds. That’s the weight from 5,206 items including 6 bandaids, 9 chicken/unknown bones, 2 fake flowers, 1 battery, and 1 cotton ball.
The top 10 items included:
658 plastic caps/plastic cap rings
605 food wrappers
242 microplastics (<5 mm)
185 macroplastics (>5 mm)
82 food containers
51 plastic bags!
The group worked in teams of three, with one student collecting debris with a “grabber” tool, one student collecting data, and one spotting debris/collecting with reusable garden gloves. As a prize for the group that collected the most debris, Sea to Shore Alliance gave away a cleanup kit consisting of one reusable H²O bag, one grabber tool, and one #take4sea2shore sticker! The winning team collected over 700 items (proving their true dedication to becoming H2O allies) and all three freshman were delighted to go home with their prizes.
Remember to #take4sea2shore and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in organizing a cleanup or presentation with Sea to Shore Alliance.
Our next cleanup is scheduled for October 24 in Boynton Beach, FL! See our Facebook event for details!