Coastal cleanup this Saturday

POSTED: 09/14/11 11:39 AM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten version of the International Coastal Cleanup will return to Mullet Bay Beach between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday September 17. The event is being coordinated by the St. Maarten Pride Foundation. This year’s event is sponsored by the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association and the St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome and the foundation is hoping that this year’s count will surpass the 650 people that participated last year.
Residents of Simpson Bay can join the effort by working with the Rotary Sunrise Club to clean up the Simpson Bay Beach beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the same Saturday. People with diving experience can also join in by going to Ocean Explorers Dive Center on Kimsha Beach by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and participating in the underwater dive cleanup. Dive volunteers will be going beneath the surface to remove trash from the ocean floor.
The cleanups on Saturday are part of a month long effort that involves school children taking a day to clean a different beach
“Our beaches and clean oceans are economically valuable indicators for our tourism destination to thrive and continue attracting millions of annual visitors to our shores,” the foundation stressed in a statement.

The International Coastal Cleanup is a worldwide volunteer event organized by the Ocean Conservancy in over 108 countries. Volunteers collect trash and make an inventory of it on a special data card. The International Coastal Cleanup engages people to remove trash and debris from the worlds’ beaches and waterways, identify the sources of trash, and change the behaviors that cause ocean trash in the first place.

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