COASTAL CLEANUP REPORT #20190105
The Saturday 5thJanuary, the Sharks Educational Institute together with Go Azul Sports Club of Hermigua, and the Club de Buceo El Sebadal organised, with
the support of the Municipality of Hermigua, the first Beach Cleanup of the year.
With this kind of initiatives, we want to make a positive contribution to local communities and help support healthy oceans globally. 16 volunteers have come together to this event, on the first Saturday afternoon of the year, collecting 100 kgs of
plastic marine debris from the coastline of Santa Catalina Beach in Hermigua. 5 shoe soles, 20 nylon boating ropes, 87 plastic bottles, and 357 broken pieces of plastic, are among the most significative collected items. This beach, frontal oriented to the
most predominant currents of the North Atlantic, receives plenty of marine debris that arrives to the island.
Nowadays, it is estimated that between 10 and 14 tons of plastic finish in the oceans every year. There is a growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global problems.
From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in our
food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening all our planet’s survival.
Due to the increasingly threatened marine life balance, we are engaged on promoting educational events about the health and other
risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including the pollution of our oceans and marine environment.
Along this year 2019, on the first Saturday afternoon of each month, we will meet at Santa Catalina Beach to collect plastic marine debris. And all the volunteers who wish to join us are very than
By promoting this kind of events, we also wish to
contribute to the education of the young and adults around the planet, sharing some ideas for keeping coastlines clean and protecting marine wildlife.