Posts Tagged ‘beach cleans’

MICROPLASTICS AND MARINE LITTER – TALK

Nigel Mortimer of the AONB has sent this message and link to a recent talk by Prof Richard Thompson.:-

During Science Week, earlier this year, I invited you to a couple of talks on plastics ‘The Good, the Bad & the Ugly’ kindly hosted by the Kingsbridge Community College.

Professor Richard Thompson from Plymouth University was one of the two excellent speakers, talking on “Marine Litter: are there solutions to this global environmental problem ?”

Professor Thompson gave a very similar talk to members of the Marine Biological Association last Friday and due to Global demand, the talk was recorded. If you’d like to watch it yourself, here is the link;

www.mba.ac.uk/2016/11/16/microplastics-talk-by-richard-thompson

Richard spoke to the ACA some years ago but his story about microplastics has moved on somewhat since then.  I attended the talk at Kingsbridge College referred to by Nigel and found it fascinating.   An outline is provided below.:-
Marine Litter is a global environmental problem with consequences for human health, the economy and wildlife.  This litter is pervasive throughout our oceans form the poles to the equator and from sea surface and shoreline to the deep sea. It is hazardous to seafarers resulting in unnecessary coastguard and rescue callouts and has substantial economic consequences for the local authorities responsible for clean-up. Perhaps most widely documented are encounters with wildlife which can result in direct harm and death. Well over 600 species of marine organisms are reported to encounter marine litter and the majority of these encounters are with plastic items.

However, marine litter is an environmental problem that can be solved. The majority of the items that become marine litter are single use disposable items including packaging and sewage related debris. Such items can bring considerable societal benefit, for example in terms of food security and light weighting to reduce fuel usage, however these benefits can all be realised without the need for any  emissions of litter to the ocean.  Hence the long term solutions lie in recognising that if designed, used and disposed of appropriately, then end-of-life items that currently accumulate in waste management facilities and as litter in the natural environment can be used as a resource for production of new products. Working toward a circular economy of this kind will help reduce our reliance on non-renewable resources and simultaneously reduce the quantity of waste requiring disposal.

Results of September’s beach clean by ACA volunteers on Cockleridge: 2016

The results can be viewed by clicking on the link below:-

http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/cockleridge-nr-bantham-beach/survey100m/2016-09-18/summary

BEACH CLEAN on COCKLERIDGE _ Sunday 18th September 2016

As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean – 2016, we are organising a clean up of rubbish on Cockleridge on Sunday 18th September between 3pm & 4pm (low water will be around 2.00pm) – weather permitting   You can sign up via this link -  http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/user/register

The main purposes of these events are both to rid the estuary of unsightly rubbish and to protect those species which may be damaged or destroyed by its presence in, on, under or near the water.   Secondary objectives are to have fun on the beach or river  and enjoy each others company.

Most of these beach cleans are held in association with the Marine Conservation Society.  As a condition of participation, all volunteers are expected to adhere strictly to commonsense  Safety Guidelines at all times and to follow the advice of the Organiser on the day as conditions may vary.   The guidelines can be scrutinised by clicking here – ACA BEACH CLEANS3

If in doubt call Stuart Watts on 01548 810373.

We shall be recording details of what we find to complement our previous surveys and to add to the national database maintained by the Marine Conservation Society.

All are welcome but no unaccompanied minors, please.  Please come equipped with stout footwear, gardening gloves, warm clothes, etc. If you have any spare collection sacks, they would be useful.

SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE CAMPAIGN

The ACA supports the SAS campaign to clean our seas and estuaries of sewage-related materials.  The following message was received from SAS on 23rd May 2016:-

Today, we’re taking your support for the Sewage Free Seas campaign to Westminster with us to be presented to the Environment Agency at our All Party Parliamentary Group. Your support joins 13,000 fellow ocean enthusiasts, surfers, water users and environmentalists calling for Sewage Free Seas. This huge response, in just six weeks, shows just how concerned coastal communities are about sewage pollution at our beaches.
We will make the case for Sewage Free Seas on behalf of you and all our supporters, calling for the Environment Agency and water companies to stop sewage pollution ruining some of the nation’s best beaches.
The meeting will bring together Members of Parliament to hear evidence from speakers from the European Centre for the Environment & Human Health, surf industry leaders, Surfing GB, the shellfish industry, the Marine Conservation Society and Leah.  Leah is a young surfer who fell seriously ill after surfing at her favourite spot whilst a sewer overflow, hidden upstream, discharged untreated human sewage into the sea.
We rely on the support of our members to enable us to campaign for Sewage Free Seas at the highest level.  Supporting Surfers Against Sewage with a regular donation is the best way you can help us achieve our long term vision of a clean, safe and protected ocean environment.  Please join us today, for just £2 a month.
We’ll email you again after the All Party Parliamentary Group to let you know the outcomes and what that means for protecting your health and our special beaches.
Thanks again for your support
Team SAS

New Year 2016 clean up along Tidal Road

For details, click on this link – Tidal Road clean up NYD 2016