Surfers Against Sewage need volunteers 17th - 19th October 2014
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 October, 2014 - Over 120 locations have already been confirmed to host Autumn Beach Clean Series events at beaches from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, Cromer to Portrush. These inspiring community events will be led by local volunteers who are passionate about their local stretch of coastline. On the eve of Halloween, it’s time to join these amazing beach guardians in protecting our beaches, waves and wildlife from the marine litter crisis haunting our coastlines.
The amount of litter landing on UK beaches has risen consistently for at least the last 20 years this means that there are now a staggering 2039 items of marine litter for each kilometre of UK coastline. The overwhelming majority of these items are plastics, which will persist for many hundreds of years in our marine environments.
Alongside the removal of more than 10 tonnes of marine litter Autumn Beach Cleaners will be monitoring the amounts and types of ghost fishing gear on their beaches as part of World Animal Protection’s Sea Change campaign. Ghost gear is the term used for lost or abandoned fishing gear such as nets, ropes, pots and hooks that continue to indiscriminately catch, injure and kill fish, marine mammals, seabirds and other wildlife in our oceans.
It is estimated that entanglement in ghost gear kills at least 136,000 seals, sea lions and large whales every year worldwide. An inestimable number of birds, turtles, fish and other species are also injured and killed. With an estimated 640,000 tonnes of ghost gear entering our oceans each year, some of which will persist for up to 600 years  the need for action is clear. The information collected by Autumn Beach Clean Volunteers will be invaluable to the Sea Change campaign, which aims to save 1 million marine animals worldwide by 2018.
Surfers Against Sewage is calling for a 50% reduction in UK beach litter by 2020. Community, grass roots, engagement with issue of marine litter is vital to the success of this vision and working with The Crown Estate as part of their Marine Stewardship Fund over the past four autumns has proven an excellent way to achieve this shared aim.
All they need now is thousands of pairs of helping hands! So, this, grab a pair of gloves and head down to your nearest Autumn Beach Clean thisOctober the 17th, 18th & 19th and get started on ending the marine litter crisis that haunts our oceans, waves and beaches.