Join the Great Northern Irish Beach Clean at Brown’s Bay and help turn the tide on marine litter
Brown’s Bay Beach in Islandmagee will be receiving a thorough clean on Saturday 21st September as part of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Great Northern Irish Beach Clean events.
The UK’s leading marine charity is urging local volunteers to join Elena Aceves-Cully at Islandmagee on one of hundreds of clean-ups taking place on beaches along the UK coastline.
Volunteers taking part in the Great Northern Irish and British Beach Cleans will also record the litter they find, contributing to valuable data which has helped MCS change policy and behaviours. The carrier bag charge, a ban on microbeads in wash-off products and the reduction in the use of plastic straws have all been informed by compelling evidence gathered over decades by volunteers at MCS beach cleans.
Elena Aceves-Cully, from Islandmagee, is organising the Brown’s Bay clean-up and this is her 13th consecutive year. “I would like to see more volunteers than ever before lend a hand to make this latest clean the biggest yet. The event is more than just a beach clean – it’s a fun and informative social occasion to spend time enjoying and caring for the UK’s coast.”
Lizzie Prior, MCS Beachwatch Officer said: “Beach litter is a serious environmental problem, but the solution is in our hands. We want the 26th Great British and Northern Irish Beach Clean weekend to be the biggest ever. The BBC’s Blue Planet II and subsequent programmes have given the UK public a real understanding of the pollution crisis facing our oceans and now people want to make a difference. The more volunteers we have, the better it’ll be for our seas.”
MCS beach clean surveys have recorded a steady increase in the amount of beach litter since 1994. The four main sources of litter found on our local beaches come from the public, fishing, sanitary waste (particularly cotton bud sticks) and shipping.
Join Elena at Brown’s Bay on Saturday 21st September at 10:30am and take part in an event that will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes from and try to stop it at source. The meeting point is the car park.
Volunteers can register online at https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch or contact its organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org