Help turn tide on beach litter

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Eastbourne beach will be receiving a thorough clean on July 9 as part of Beachwatch, the Marine Conservation Society’s beach clean and litter survey which aims to highlight the issues of beach litter around the UK’s coastline.

Local Beachwatch organiser Adrian Smith, from Eastbourne, says he would like to see more volunteers than ever before lend a hand to make this latest clean-up of Eastbourne beach the biggest yet.

The event takes place on July 9 at the Redoubt at 4.30pm, and it promises to be a fun and informative social occasion.

Adrain Smith said, “The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

“Over 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales had mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation, poisoning and ultimately a slow and painful death.

“Plastic fishing nets also injure, entangle and drown some of Britain’s favourite marine animals, including seals and dolphins.”

MCS surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. The four main sources of litter found on UK beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste and shipping.

Adrian added, “We want people to come down to Eastbourne beach on Saturday, July 9 and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where litter comes from and try to stop it at source.”

Adrian says the MCS Beachwatch results are vital in turning the tide on litter.

They have helped influence changes to laws on the disposing of waste at sea and resulted in investment in better sewage treatment at the coast.

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