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Join Ocean Blue coastal cleanup volunteers on Saturday, April 13th to remove marine debris near Florida’s Tampa Bay. By Karisa Boyce
Volunteers are joining hands this April for the well established and celebrated Earth Day. Ocean Blue is kicking off the festivities early with a beach cleanup at Indian Rocks Beach in Florida. We cannot wait to Save the Ocean at this Florida beach cleanup and hope you’ll join us!
Beach cleanups are vital to protect oceans and marine life, including sea turtles and global fish populations. Ocean conservation is also important for sustainable seafood because traces of plastic are found in fish species that humans consume. By removing plastic from beaches, it prevents the debris from going back out to sea and into the mouths of marine wildlife.
Single use plastic bans are another way to tackle the ocean plastic crisis. We can stop plastic at its source while we continue tackling the pollution that is already wreaking havoc in the Gulf and Intracoastal Waterway of Indian Rocks Beach.
Along with tons of plastic, the Gulf of Mexico Florida coast has been experiencing red tides. Ocean Blue takes on such challenges through the Blue Streams & Rivers program. Everyone loves Florida beaches and ocean waters. Now we know that pollution upstream impacts our one world Ocean.
Let’s take care of our watersheds because the Ocean lives downstream from inland waterways. The ocean provides at least half of the global oxygen supply. It is home to coral reefs that sustain life under the deep blue sea. Three billion humans depend on seafood as their main source of protein.
Beach cleanup efforts are just as essential as inland river and stream cleanups and restoration projects for keeping pollution from reaching the Ocean. Runoff from fossil fuels, pesticides, and fertilizers all contribute to acidification of the Ocean.
Ocean Blue’s efforts began at beaches, state parks, urban streams, and rivers of Oregon. Ocean Blue now takes part in the international coastal cleanup. This national nonprofit has expanded efforts to make impact in Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and the Great Lakes region.
Contact Ocean Blue to learn more about how Blue Streams & Rivers contribute to Blue Beaches and a healthy Ocean!
If you are located near Indian Rocks Beach, sign up to join in the cleanup on April 13th here. Ocean Blue Annual Members can also Create a Cleanup in local areas to you. Any where there is a beach, river, lake, or waterway, cleanup events are needed.
Ask your friends and family to become ocean supporters by becoming Annual Ocean Blue Members.
Ocean Blue banned the use of plastic bags at beach cleanups, community cleanups, and river cleanups in 2013, shortly after our nonprofit was found in 2012. For the first year other nonprofits, would send Ocean Blue plastic bags with their logos on the plastic bags. We would receive around 30 to 40 large plastic bags for each cleanup scheduled.
At first we didn’t notice how fast the bags were adding up. After 30 cleanups our cleanup reported we were producing more plastic by using the plastic bags then the volunteers were removing. After the first year the reports revealed our group of volunteer used over 1,200 plastic bags.
After meeting with our board of members and interns from Oregon State University, more numbers were ran and we noticed if we stop now we would save over 43,000 plastic bags over the last 5 years cleaning up beaches and rivers. In 2013 our board of members set a plastic policy for Ocean Blue to never use plastic bags at volunteer river or beach cleanups again. Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, Up-cycle Beach Plastic.
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