22 August 2011

International Coastal Cleanup Day: 17 September

Leon Jamarie
Photo courtesy Mike Baird

The Two Oceans Aquarium encourages you to get involved in International Coastal Cleanup Day on 17 September, and help to turn the tide on ocean pollution.

Plastic, metal, rope, nets and Styrofoam that litter the ocean are a huge threat to marine life. If plastic is ingested by fish they will die of starvation if it blocks the digestive system or becomes stuck in their mouth..

Litter is one of the most widespread pollution problems we face, but it’s entirely preventable, and cleaning it up is easy, educational and fun.

International Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual event that draws millions of volunteers to clean up various beaches around the world. Last year, almost nine million people from more than 100 countries collected over 3.2-million kilograms of litter from beaches, oceans and other waterways. Click here to read about our 2010 cleanup day at Muizenberg Beach.

The Two Oceans Aquarium has adopted Zandvlei Estuary in Muizenberg for this year’s cleanup and we would love you to join us in helping to preserve our marine life by cleaning our coastal areas. Please contact Katja on +27 (0)21 418 3823 or education@aquarium.co.za to get involved.

Should you be unable to join us at Zandvlei, but would like to join another cleanup, please contact the Coastal Cleanup national coordinator, John Kieser, at john-kieser@plasfed.co.za or www.cleanup-sa.co.za.

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