Plastic was the cause of this albatross’ death (file photo)
SIMPSON BAY–Nature Foundation in collaboration with Boskalis Beach Clean Up Tour call on volunteers to join in a beach clean-up on Simpson Bay Beach as part of the “Save our Sharks” project on Sunday, August 13, starting at 8:00am at Karakter Beach Bar. The Boskalis Tour is an initiative of the North Sea Foundation where businesses, consumers, civil society, and government clean the entire Dutch coast. The clean-ups will be held this year throughout the Kingdom for the first time. Young or old, everyone is encouraged by Nature Foundation to join the clean-up to help preserve nature, marine life and wildlife on St. Maarten.
“We must all be aware that as an island our garbage ends up at our beaches and in our ocean; we have the responsibility together to keep our beaches clean and safe,” said Nature Foundation Project Manager Melanie Meijer Zu-Schlochtern. It is estimated that more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic float in the oceans with disastrous consequences for marine life. Worldwide, coasts are flooded with plastic waste and many marine animals get stuck in plastic bags and packaging or mistake plastic for food with often deadly effects. A recent report states that in 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic than fish. Research from 2015 shows that 48 per cent of fish tested had plastic in their stomach; this is reason enough to join the beach clean-up on Sunday, said Meijer Zu-Schlochtern.
Drinks, stickers and goodies will be given to all participants after the clean-up. Persons interested in volunteering can leave a message on the Nature Foundation Facebook Page.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68331-volunteers-needed-for-beach-clean-up-sunday