Marine Life Conservation efforts with Beach raking helps to remove trash such as plastic bags, bottles, cans, beach toys and micro-trash such as, bottle caps, cigarette butts, plastic straws, fishing gear, syringes, and glass. These unwanted items can be detrimental to wildlife. Marine animals easily mistaken these trash particles as food. Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jelly fish (their favorite meal) and suffocate to death upon ingesting plastic bags. They also become entangled in fishing line, nets and hooks left on shore.
Fish, birds and other marine animals also accidently eat plastic straws and stirrers, causing a real danger to their lives. “From plankton to whales, animals across ocean ecosystems have been contaminated by plastic. Plastic has been found in 59% of seabirds like albatross and pelicans, in 100% of sea turtle species, and more than 25% of fish sampled from seafood markets around the world”. (Source Ocean Conservancy).
Beach cleaning can help to save these creatures mitigate the problem caused by ocean debris and the dangers that plastic pollution poses to marine life.
Pollution degrades and destroys unique beach habitats needed by animals and plants. A polluted beach is a public health risk, can reduce property values, and can inhibit the economic growth of a seaside community.
Protecting Beachgoers An unclean beach may also pose a public health and safety hazard. According to the Ocean Conservancy 25% of fish sampled from seafood markets have traces of plastic and contain high levels of mercury. When we consume these fish and other seafood we are ingesting plastic and harmful levels of mercury which can actually lead to many health problems including mental illness. Additionally, accidentally stepping on debris like glass, fishing hooks and syringes which are often left on beaches can be lead to serious injury, infection and contamination. Read more »
Protecting local economies Dirty unsafe beaches deter visitors and tourism, a vital part of the economy for South Florida’s Gulf Coast. For those who own shoreline businesses, such as villas, hotels, or restaurants, a clean beach improves the overall ambiance of the beachfront experience, which in turn keeps them in business. Cleaning up the shoreline can help keep many local economies thriving. Read more »