Beach clean-up this weekend in Clare

Beach clean-up this weekend in Clare

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Lahinch, Co. Clare. Photo Caitlin Dunphy
Lahinch, Co. Clare. Photo Caitlin Dunphy

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean weekend will be taking place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Clean Coasts is teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year 645,015 volunteers in 92 countries removed 5,580 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans.

With the incredible natural beauty that can be found along the coast of Co. Clare, it is unsurprising that there are several Clean Coasts volunteer groups operating in the area. Existing groups as well as some new volunteers have decided to take part in the Big Beach Clean this year so they can do their part by removing as much marine litter as they can over the weekend. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part.

Beach cleans will take place at the following locations:
•    Kilrush Tidy Towns & Youth Club – Brew Bridge, Kilrush on 20th Setpember
•    Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers – Blackhead on 21st September
•    Quiners – Doughmore beach on 21st September

During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.

Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts National Manager
said, “Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in our seas and oceans, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. Ireland boasts spectacular sandy beaches and rocky shores and we all have a responsibility in caring for it. Every single piece of litter removed during the Big Beach Clean is one less piece of litter that will pollute our beautiful beaches or harm wildlife.”

Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend www.bigbeachclean.ie

The Clean Coasts programme is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.

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