Keep Manatee Beautiful joins hundreds of thousands of people around the world for Trash Free Seas during the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup.
What: Keep Manatee Beautiful has joined the movement for Trash Free Seas by being a part of the 27th annual International Coast Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer effort to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, and rivers keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the problem of marine debris. In the past 26 years, more than nine million volunteers have removed 153 million pounds of trash from more than 312,000 miles of coastline and waterways in 153 countries and locations.
When/Where: Saturday, October 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Adopt-A-Highway, Road
or Shore groups will be doing cleanups at their sites in Manatee
County. Other volunteers can do cleanups by checking in at 9 a.m. at:
|Anna Maria City Hall at 10005 Gulf Dr.||Emerson Point Conservation Preserve at end of 17th St. W. on Snead Island
|Holmes Beach at Kingfish Boat Ramp on S.R. 64 W.||Terra Ceia on U.S. 19 on the northwest corner of bridge by Crab Trap I|
|F.I.S.H. Preserve at 11601 Cortez Road W.||Historic Wares Creek at Bradenton Woman’s Club at 1705 Manatee Ave. W.|
|S.R. 64 E. Boat Ramp on the Braden River at 29th St. E. – bring your canoe, kayak or power boat to clean the Braden River||Ray’s Canoe Hideaway at 1289 Hagle Park Road off Upper Manatee River Road – free boat launch & canoes on a first-come, first-serve basis to clean the Upper Manatee River|
“Trash jeopardizes the health of our ocean, our economy and people,” said David Pittenger,
Director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program. “There are sometimes
uncontrollable events – like the Japan tsunami – that add to the problem of marine debris, that’s
why it’s important to tackle what’s preventable. Last year, volunteers found enough food
packaging to get takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the next 858 years.”
In Florida, 22,935 volunteers found 204,226 pounds of trash from 8,598 miles of land and underwater in 2011. While in Manatee County last year, 1,175 volunteers removed 17,457 pounds from 162 miles of land – highways, roads and shoreline. Additional statistics, graphics and photography are available at www.oceanconservancy.org/iccmedia.
Keep Manatee Beautiful, the local Keep America Beautiful affiliate, is a public/private partnership dedicated to litter prevention, beautification and environmental improvement through leadership in community awareness, education and involvement.
Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.