The National Seal Sanctuary worked in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society for its annual Beach Watch Big Weekend; the only national volunteer clean-up and survey in the UK.

The National Seal Sanctuary works regularly with the Marine Conservation Society on coastal initiatives which are dedicated to conserving the natural beauty of Cornwall´s coastlines. 26 volunteers including members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) joined Sanctuary staff on Gwithian beach at 11am on Sunday 18th September to participate in one of approximately 376 beach cleans taking place around the UK.
Volunteers who helped to clean the beach at Gwithian
Overall, volunteers on the day collected 17 bags of debris amounting to 43.5 kilos of litter which comprised of plastic bags, disposable BBQ´s, cord and piping. The data collated will help keep the importance of litter campaigns on the government´s agenda.

The Sanctuary´s Kaylie Finn explained: "The Beach Watch Big Weekend is just one of many conservation projects the Sanctuary works on. It´s great to see so many people are as passionate as we are about protecting our coastline and we´d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who´s come to support this effort, it really does make a difference."

The National Seal Sanctuary is now urging people to "reduce, re-use and recycle" their waste in order to protect our marine environment.

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Press release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Kaylie Finn on 01326 221361
Date: 19th September 2011