The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA), in conjunction with Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, is inviting the public to participate in a COASTSWEEP cleanup at Scusset Beach, Massachusetts, located within the Scusset Beach State Reservation. The beach cleanup date is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
NECWA and COASTSWEEP will provide all the necessary supplies, including protective gloves, garbage bags and data sheets for this cleanup effort. For additional information, please contact Krill Carson at 508-566-0009. You can learn more about the COASTSWEEP program by visiting the COASTSWEEP website or by calling the Urban Harbors Institute at 617-287-5570.
In Massachusetts, volunteers have been pitching in to clean up stretches of beaches, marshes, the seafloor and riverbanks since 1987. September 2010 marked the 23rd anniversary of COASTSWEEP, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) event that began with 391 volunteers collecting almost 2 tons of debris along 40 miles of coast. The annual event has grown each year and in 2009, more than 2,200 volunteers cleaned more than 110 miles of coastline and seafloor-collecting nearly 23,000 pounds of marine debris.
In 2009, more than half of the debris collected came from shoreline and recreational activities, where litter blown from the streets, parking lots, and athletic fields ends up in the water. By contrast, only about 10 percent of the marine debris is from ocean-based activities, such as boating and fishing. Below is a list of the top 10 items collected along the Massachusetts coast in 2009.
Top Ten Debris Items for 2009
Cigarettes/Cigarette Filters = 32,148
- Food Wrappers and Containers = 11,555
- Caps/Lids = 8,135
- Bags = 6,418
- Rope = 4,983
- Beverage Bottles (Plastic) = 4,893
- Cups, Plates, and Utensils = 4,253
- Straws/Stirrers = 4,142
- Beverage Cans = 3,463
- Beverage Bottles (Glass) = 3,230