Every year thousands of people worldwide pitch in and do their bit on International Coastal Cleanup Day. Anualy thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material. Plastics especially last a very long time in the ocean, and are in such abundance that there are 46,000 individual pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of ocean. Plastics are very hazardous to marine life, killing more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and an immense number of fish in our ocean.
This year most of Port Elizabeth’s beaches were included with teams of volunteers setting off all along the coastline from early morning. The local Geocaching community also got into the swing of things and cleaned up a section between Hobie Beach and Pollok Beach as part of a CITO (Cache in Trash out) event that was organised by Kitchenboss. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it this year but Mrs Wikkelgat had her camera as usual and I’m borrowing her collage of pictures to share with you.