Ocean Blue Blog
by Karisa Boyce
The National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018 launched last Saturday in Long Beach, Washington! Despite an official high wind advisory urging people to stay off the beach, hardcore volunteers faced the rough weather to do what they love most for our beaches and one world ocean! After travelling over four hours from Seattle, Ocean Blue beach stewards were not willing to admit defeat to the weather. With their backs facing up to 50 mph wind gusts, they managed to pull in 113 pounds of beach rubbish! The rubbish found on Long Beach was mainly crab pod rope and other land based debris left by others visiting the beach.
Being founded on Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon (located about 150 miles south of Long Beach), Ocean Blue stewards have grown accustomed to picking up endless amounts of tiny plastic pieces. These microplastics can often be found laced throughout seaweed and other organic matter where high tide leaves its mark along meandering lines in the sand.
Rubbish found on Long Beach tells a different story, which is largely attributed to ocean currents. The majority of the 113 pounds found on Long Beach was land-based trash and rope sourced from fishing vessels.
During our time in Long Beach, locals complained of pollution left on the beach during 4th of July celebrations. Popping off fireworks for this annual celebration is a popular activity and folks really go all out for the special occasion! Since vehicles can drive along beaches on the Long Beach Peninsula, people bring couches, snacks, beverages, and of course, fireworks. A lot of these items, even couches, get left on the beach for the ocean tide to wash away. Fortunately, locals launch an annual cleanup and report removing 20,000 pounds of rubbish in one weekend following Independence Day!
Tiffany Turner, owner of Adrift Hotel + Spa, grew up locally. With her father being a fisherman and her family being organic cranberry farmers, a deep respect for the environment has been instilled in her. Tiffany hopes to leave this earth a better place for future generations and now jumps on every opportunity she can to give back to the community. Deciding to sponsor Ocean Blue’s cleanup event isn’t the only action she and her employees have taken to be quality stewards. They have already adopted a section of Long Beach and have committed to bringing employee volunteers from their sister hotel - Ashore Hotel - to the Ocean Blue cleanup on April 14th located in Seaside, Oregon for this year’s initiative!
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4.14.2018 - Seaside Beach Seaside, Oregon
4.15.2018 - Tolovana Beach Cannon Beach, OR
4.18.2018 - The Coho Oceanfront Lodge Lincoln City, OR
4.21.2018 - Nehalem Beach Annual Coast Cleanup Day Manzanita, OR
4.22.2018 - Beverly Beach, Newport, OR
4.28.2018 - Bob Straub State Park Pacific City, OR
4.29.2018 - Neskowin State Park Neskowin, OR
5.05.2018 - Roads End State Recreation Lincoln City, OR
5.06.2018 - Gleneden Beach Lincoln City, OR
6.08.2018 - Nye Beach - World Ocean Day Beach Cleanup Newport, OR
6.09.2018 - Nye Beach - Oregon Ocean Day Newport, OR
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