The East Coast Ocean Protectors (ECOP) have increased their frequency of beach cleans and have seen more volunteers than ever attending to keep the shoreline litter free.
Twenty-five adults and children attended the Sewerby Steps Beach Clean with some strange metal finds; notably some kind of guard, lengths of rusted metal rods, as well as the usual large and small pieces of plastic, fishing netting and ropes.
Organiser Pam Wilkinson-Brown said: “The statistics show how much plastic is in our oceans just continually breaking down into small pieces from plastic cups to carrier bags. Again there was fishing line from both commercial and angling and a huge pile of rope…a big thanks to Dan for hauling it up all those steps.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who come along to support us and also to Matt from Sea Champions North East.”
Another beach clean event saw over a hundred pupils take part in a clean up at Danes Dyke beach.
The event was part of the “Cool Seas Clean Up” held at Danes Dyke. Around 100 children and teachers from Nafferton Primary spent the day learning about the threats to marine life and how they can help.
The day was held under the guidance of The Marine Conservation Society which is the UK’s largest marine NGO and provider of free curriculum linked education outreach. Thanks were paid to Sea Champion helpers Pam, Steve, Niamh and Casey from the East Coast Ocean Protectors ECOP.
The next public beach clean is 30th June on Bridlington North Beach. If you’re interested in getting involved in future cleans, follow their page East Coast Ocean Protectors ECOP. If you would like a school workshop or a teaching on the beach session contact firstname.lastname@example.org.