Blackpool's first ever beach clean
How much do you love your beach? How would you feel if your beach was unfit for bathing or even paddling?
SEA LIFE Blackpool, in association with the Marine Conservation Society, Blackpool Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities are joining forces for Blackpool’s first ever beach clean and they need your help!
Organisers are hoping for at least 100 volunteers to turn out for the event on Saturday 15th September starting at 3pm outside the lifeboat station. 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.
The MCS has organised nationwide beach cleans and surveys since 1994 with volunteers all doing their bit to maintain the standards of their beach through coming together to pick rubbish or survey the levels and type of litter, helping the MCS to understand the damage done to coastal areas.
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.
The aims of the Blackpool beach clean are to raise awareness of beach litter and its impacts, identify and monitor quantities and sources of beach litter and the encourage action to reduce beach litter. The MCS depends entirely on the generosity and enthusiasm of its supporters so if people value their beach, then they should come down and join in for a fun, educational day where they can all play their part in turning the tide on litter.
SEA LIFE Blackpool General Manager Jenn Newton said: “The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife. Over 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation and poisoning which has lead to the death of our sea life.”
“We want people to come down to Blackpool on and take part in Beachwatch which will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes from and try and stop it at the source.”
Staff from SEA LIFE Blackpool will be on hand to assist in the clean up and provide information and guidance for volunteers that take part.
All volunteers wanting to help should report to the lifeboat station opposite the SEA LIFE centre on Saturday 15th September, starting at 3pm. So pull on your marigolds and show Blackpool how much you love its beach!
Jenn continued: “As a very special thank you to all the volunteers who come down on the day, we are offering them a free ticket to visit SEA LIFE as a reward for their hard work.”