BLACKPOOL showed its love for its beaches this weekend as more than 90 men, women and children braved the blustery weather for Blackpool’s first ever beach clean.
The initiative between SEA LIFE Blackpool, the Marine Conservation Society, Blackpool Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities was seen as a great success with more than 71kg or rubbish and waste collected.
As well as the usual suspects of broken bottles, cigarette butts and plastic bags, a variety of unusual items were also collected including a pram, crowd management barriers, fishing net and an array of industrial waste comprising of hazard tape and metal bolts.
The beach watch initiative, which forms part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) beach clean and litter survey, aims to highlight issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.
Levels of beach litter have doubled over the last decade meaning some of the nation’s favourite marine wildlife such as otters, seals and dolphins are under direct threat from waste and litter dumped in the sea. Animals and fish regularly eat or become tangled up in litter causing many to become sick and even die.
It’s not just animals that are affected by litter on beaches, it also poses a direct threat to all those who enjoy the beach.
So successful was the event that a regular Blackpool Beach Clean will be organised every month with details posted on the SEA LIFE Blackpool Facebook page
SEA LIFE Blackpool General Manager Jenn Newton said: “The first Blackpool beach clean was a brilliant success, not only do the beaches now look better but they are now much safer for our native marine life.
“A huge thank you to everyone involved and I hope we can build on this weekend’s success and encourage even more people to join us next month to really make a difference to the quality of Blackpool’s beaches.”