Sign up to take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean to help animals and the ocean
Get involved with a local beach clean and enjoy the community spirit involved in these events which help protect marine and local wildlife.
World Animal Protection are working with Surfers Against Sewage for the Big Spring Beach Clean, which runs from March 27 to 29 at various locations around the UK.
In 2014, the team ran 130 beach cleans at locations including at Brighton, Croyde in Devon, Chesil Beach, and Cromer in Norfolk, collected over 150km of ghost gear.
World Animal Protection runs a Sea Change campaign which aims to achieve a future free from ghost gear. ‘Ghost gear’ is the term used to describe fishing equipment that has been lost, abandoned or discarded in the worlds’ oceans. It includes fishing nets, ropes, pots and traps. Ghost gear represents one of the biggest threats to animals in our oceans, entangling, injuring and killing millions of animals every year.
An estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear – around 10% of total marine debris – is added to our oceans annually. Combined, it weighs more than the HMS Titanic.
Most fishing gear is made out of plastic meaning that it persists in the oceans for centuries, accumulating year on year. World Animal Protection estimates that more than 136,000 seals, sea lions and large whales are killed by ghost fishing gear every year. An unimaginable number of birds, turtles, fish and other species are also injured and killed.
UK Sea Change campaigns manager, Alyx Elliott, said: “We hope lots of people around the country will feel inspired to take part in these beach cleans knowing the real difference they can make in helping marine and ocean wildlife. There is a fantastic atmosphere and what is achieved is simply phenomenal. Together we can all make a difference and achieve change.”
To find out information about the local Beach Clean visit www.sas.org.uk/events
(from a press release)